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Kevin White to injured reserve, but is a return this season a possibility?

NFL: Atlanta Falcons at Chicago Bears Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

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.