White was eligible to begin practicing with the team this week, but the Bears may take the cautionary approach and elect to not activate him this season.
White injured his shin over the summer during OTA’s. When the team convened for training camp, White injured the shin further, requiring surgery. The team placed him on the PUP List and have until Week 11 to decide if they want to let him play this season.
After a shaky start, the Bears do not look to be playoff contenders and would rather approach White’s situation carefully. They don’t want to rush him to the field if they feel he could further damage his leg.
“He’s engaged in all the meetings,” receivers coach Mike Groh said earlier this week, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “He’s doing everything that he can. Certainly, he’s getting all the treatment that he can. It’s encouraging for him as he sees his injuries start to heal and see maybe a little bit of the light at the end of the tunnel.”
White has not practiced this week because the Bears are in a bye. To this point, from draft day until now, White has not been able to participate in any fully-padded practice with the Bears. In the three weeks the team has to decide if they want to activate him to their 53-man roster, it’s unlikely he’ll get to a point where he’ll can contribute the way they wanted him to when they drafted him.
The Bears were candid about that when they finally got around to opening up about the nature of White’s injury when they announced he would have surgery to insert a rod into his left leg. That hasn’t changed and I’ve been told that chances of White playing this season remain remote.