Chicago Bears wide receiver Kevin White left yesterday’s game with what was initially reported as a broken collarbone. ESPN’s Jeff Dickerson reported this morning that it wasn’t the collarbone, but rather a bone on the backside of his shoulder.
Just moments ago, head coach John Fox confirmed that White has a fractured scapula and will go on injured reserve. "My heart goes out to him,” said Fox. “He was very disappointed and discouraged in the locker room after the game." While surgery is likely, it’s not confirmed at this time.
Dr. Selene Parekh, from The Fantasy Doctors, says that “a break of the scapula is not very common. Fact that he requires surgery usually means that these pieces are shifted or or in multiple pieces.” Dr. Pareka says that White could conceivably return to play in six to ten weeks. If that time table jibes with what the Bears’ doctors discover, then White would be a candidate to come off of injured reserve after eight weeks. Players that come off IR can start practicing with the team after six weeks.
This year the NFL altered the rule to allow teams to activate two players from IR after the eight weeks sidelined.
With White heading to IR, the Bears have a roster spot available. They also have a wide receiver on the practice squad.
In other Bears’ injury news, inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman is in concussion protocol and he’s also dealing with a pectoral injury.
Running back Benny Cunningham has a high ankle sprain.
Here are a few other nuggets from today.
John Fox wonders if #Bears didn't communicate their call well on the 88-yard TD because Jerrell Freeman had a concussion— Patrick Finley (@patrickfinley) September 11, 2017
John Fox: "I thought Sam Acho played really well against the run.” Highlights the overall defensive performance vs. the run.— Kevin Fishbain (@kfishbain) September 11, 2017
John Fox said Tarik Cohen wasn't on 1st, 2nd, 3rd downs because #Bears were concerned about pass-protection issues.— Patrick Finley (@patrickfinley) September 11, 2017
John Fox said they’ll turn in the holding penalty called against Cody Whitehair. Referred to it as "questionable."— Kevin Fishbain (@kfishbain) September 11, 2017