Kevin White might be done for the season with a stress fracture in his leg.
But how did doctors come to the decision to perform surgery on the Bears' first-round pick?
Dr. Charles Bush-Joseph of Midwest Orthopedics at Rush explained how an injury like this is typically treated.
"With his diagnosis, which is a stress fracture of the tibia, the primary treatment is always non-operative. You let them rest, give them every chance to heal," Bush-Joseph said. "So I'm sure that in this situation, (White's doctors) prescribed electrical stimulation and all these non-operative things we have for treating stress fractures, but at the end of the day, it's either going to heal or it's not. And if it doesn't heal, then you've got to surgically intervene, and if you surgically intervene, the player's typically out for an extended period of time, anywhere from eight to 12, 14 weeks."
That's a lot of weeks.
So is there any chance White could get on the field this season? According to Bush-Joseph, it would need to be a pretty good season for the Bears in order for that to happen.
"If the Bears have a great season and we're playing Week 18, Week 19, Week 20, yeah he may be able to contribute," Bush-Joseph said. "But if the season's over at Week 17, then it's better off not risking the 2016 season. Shut him down, let him train in the offseason, let him slowly build up a stamina and slowly build up strength in that bone so that this doesn't happen again."
White tweeted Sunday that his surgery was successful.
Successful surgery. Thanks to my family, the bears organization, friends and the fans that's supporting me. I Can't wait to get back!!
— Kevin White (@mrkevinwhite) August 23, 2015