Last week the Chicago Bears decided to activate the 21 day window to allow rookie wide receiver Kevin White to practice. Earlier today White, who is still technically on the reserve/physically unable to perform list, was participating in individual drills for the first time this season.
Last week White was doing side work and working on his conditioning, but today he was out running routes and catching passes.
Playing in an actual NFL game is still a long shot, but just going through practice with his teammates can give him an edge as he looks towards the 2016 season. Then again, head coach John Fox isn't ruling out this year yet, "He's improving. He's on target. We've got a 3-week window that we'll just take one day at a time."
The Bears still have about two weeks to watch White practice before deciding on activating him to the 53 man roster or putting him on season ending injured reserve, but so far so good.
Bears WR Kevin White (left leg) ran routes today for the first time. Looked close to full speed. Good sign, no doubt, but still a ways to go— Rich Campbell (@Rich_Campbell) December 2, 2015
Kevin White ran routes and caught passes in practice for the first time today. Looked pretty damn fast. Was shaking the leg out though.— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) December 2, 2015
In other Bears news out of Halas Hall today, tight end Martellus Bennett, who missed the Packers game with a rib injury, was back at practice today with no restrictions. Also back practicing in full was running back Ka'Deem Carey who went through concussion protocol.
Wide out Eddie Royal (knee) and safety Antrel Rolle (knee) were both held out of practice. Right tackle Kyle Long (neck) and outside linebacker Pernell McPhee (knee) were both limited.
Chicago defensive coordinator Vic Fangio was asked about McPhee's health and he replied with some good news, "He's gotten better in the last week or two. His knee seems to have calmed down."