Wide receiver Kevin White suffered a fractured shoulder blade and will be put on injured reserve, announced Chicago Bears head coach John Fox on Monday. Fox also added that White could need a surgery, but didn’t exclude White’s return this year. The news was confirmed via a tweet on the Chicago Bears official Twitter profile.
John Fox confirms that Kevin White sustained a fractured scapula and will be moved to IR. Surgery is a possibility, cannot yet rule it out.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) September 11, 2017
The injury happened in the 4th quarter of Bears’ 23-17 loss to Atlanta Falcons, when White made reception with no gain. After going to the sideline injury tent, he was taken to the locker room and didn’t return. During his time on the field, White had two receptions for 6 yards.
“My heart goes out to him. He was very disappointed and discouraged in the locker room after the game for obvious reasons. Again, our thoughts and prayers go out to him. He was pretty upset about it last night and they’re doing evaluations right now.“- said the Bears’ coach Fox. White’s injury wasn’t the only one for the Bears since inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman has reported concussion symptoms and pectoral injury, but the details and severity of the injuries are still unknown.
This is the third major injury that White suffered during his NFL career. In his rookie season, White suffered a stress fracture in his shin, while having a steel rod inserted into his left tibia, eventually failing to make a single regular appearance. White bounced back in 2016, playing for the first 4 games of the season, before fracturing the fibula in his left leg and being placed on the injured reserve.
Chicago Bears drafted Kevin White with the 7th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. He was considered to be among the best wide receivers in the draft class, alongside Amari Cooper. In his 5 NFL games so far, White had 21 receptions and 193 receiving yards.