Bears Could Lose Kevin White For Season
The Chicago Bears knew that 2015 could potentially be a transition year. The team discussed trying to trade away quarterback Jay Cutler, they actually did trade away wide receiver Brandon Marshall, John Fox took over as head coach and the defense switched to a base 3-4.
Another big chance was the addition of stud rookie wide receiver Kevin White, who the team planned to replace Marshall with. That plan hasn’t gotten off to the best start.
Kevin White Done For Year?
Per reports, White’s constant shin issues have developed into a serious issue. Despite missing large chunks of time this summer, White’s injury hasn’t progressed and was recently revealed to be a stress fracture.
The injury is so bad that White had already been ruled out for the rest of the preseason, and is now set to start the 2015 NFL season on the reserve/PUP list. That should keep the rookie receiver out through Chicago’s first six games, while early whispers are the shin injury could end his first season before it even started.
Bears GM Pace on Kevin White: “Is there a chance he misses the season? That’s a possibility.” …he’ll begin regular season on reserve/PUP
— Rich Campbell (@Rich_Campbell) August 15, 2015
White’s shin issue will reportedly require surgery and will leave him with a recovery time table that for now will be very much up in the air.
Where Do Bears Go From Here?
With one of their projected starting wide receivers on the shelf, possibly for the entire season, the Bears will turn to Eddie Royal in the slot and Marquess Wilson on the outside. More pressure than ever will be placed on number one threat Alshon Jeffery, as well as star tight end, Martellus Bennett.
While the hit could be big on offense, the Bears are losing a player that never played a regular season down, so in a sense, they don’t really know what they’ll be missing. White was supposed to be Brandon Marshall’s immediate and long-term replacement, though, so unless Wilson and Royal can make up for his absence, Chicago could be left hurting on offense.
Playoff Odds Shot?
The Bears weren’t about to be anyone’s choice for this year’s Super Bowl (just 60/1 odds), but they still have enough pieces in place that they could be a solid playoff team if everything clicked under Fox’s first year at the helm. A lot of that proposed success would have to involve the turnover prone Cutler, however, and with one less elite weapon to use in the air, Chicago’s playoff odds might take an even bigger dip heading into the new season.
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