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Bears hope to have WR Kevin White running next Monday

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Bears hope to have WR Kevin White running next Monday

BOURBONNAIS — After nearly two months of sitting out practices and other work with a shin injury, culminating in the Bears placing him on the PUP list to open training camp, the hope now is to have rookie wide receiver Kevin White begin running next Monday.

Practice is still off limits to players on the physically unable to perform list. White has been pestering coaches to let him begin some sort of work but the organization has kept the brake on.

“Next week, we’ll bring him out, he’ll do some light running — you’ll probably see that early next week,” GM Ryan Pace confirmed Thursday on WSCR-AM. “So there’s a plan in place to bring him back at the right pace. We don’t want to rush him.”

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White clearly will do the rushing on his own. Speaking with Hall of Fame wideout Michael Irvin on the sidelines during practice Thursday, White bemoaned the amount of work he’d put in just to be a No. 1 draft choice, then to be drafted by Chicago and not be able to get on the field when training camp started.

“He’s missing things, sure,” Irvin told CSNChicago.com on Thursday. “You can’t say he’s not missing things being out here running full speed and getting a sense of timing. That’s important. Getting a sense of timing, and also getting Jay’s confidence. That’s what he’s missing right now.”

White won’t be alone in doing tightly managed rehab. Defensive end Willie Young, coming back from a season-ending Achilles injury, was not placed on the PUP list, has been in uniform but largely limited to things like sideline running on Thursday pulling a weighted sled for resistance.

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“You can go with PUP with some guys or not,” said coach John Fox. “We make decisions; at least this way, he’s out there, he’s practicing. He can get out there with the team and go through individual. He’s picked up what he’s been doing every day.”

That is the Bears’ hope for White, beginning next week.

Bears logo ranked in bottom five of NFL in recent fan poll

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Bears logo ranked in bottom five of NFL in recent fan poll

The Chicago Bears logo has withstood the test of time. In a sports era full of uniform changes, the Bears have maintained the classic orange 'C' for most of their nearly 100 years in Chicago.

Unfortunately, tradition doesn't equate to popularity.

Chicago's logo ranked 28th in the NFL, according to a recent poll of nearly 1,500 football fans. Only the Redskins (29), Bengals (30), Jets (31) and Browns (32) were worse.

I’m not sure how I feel about the underbite on the “C.” I can see how this would be a polarizing feature of this logo. I wish to an extent that it met up more evenly. I think they could have had the bottom meet up in a more even fashion and still maintained the sharpness, of the “C,” which I like. I don’t mind the point [ON THE BACK SIDE OF THE “C”], without the point it would be super boring. The point actually does add something from a design standpoint that makes it stand out.

Bears fans will take exception with the results. Wins have been hard to come by in recent seasons, but there's still something special about seeing the familiar navy and orange on Sundays in the fall. The 'C' is arguably the biggest part of that. Sure, it's not a complex design overflowing with colors, but it represents a long and storied history. 

It's interesting that each of the bottom five teams have struggled to string together winning seasons. On the flipside, teams like the Saints, Falcons, Rams, Vikings and Eagles rank in the top six. Maybe it's recency bias.

In the NFC North, the Lions rank No. 2 (which is a shocker) and the Packers are No. 20. 

Matt Nagy calls Kevin White a 'great weapon' with a new future

Matt Nagy calls Kevin White a 'great weapon' with a new future

Former first-round pick Kevin White hasn't caught a break -- or a touchdown -- through the first three years of his career. He has more season-ending injuries than 100-yard games and after an offseason focused on upgrades at wide receiver, White's future in Chicago beyond 2018 is very much in doubt.

Ryan Pace declined the fifth-year option in White's rookie contract, making this a prove-it year for the pass-catcher who once resembled a blend of Larry Fitzgerald and Dez Bryant during his time at West Virginia.

He's getting a fresh start from new coach Matt Nagy.

"He is healthy and he's really doing well," Nagy told Danny Kanell and Steve Torre Friday on SiriusXM's Dog Days Sports. "We're trying to keep him at one position right now so he can focus in on that."

White can't take all the blame for his 21 catches, 193 yards and zero scores through 48 possible games. He's only suited up for five. Whether it's bad luck or bad bone density, White hasn't had a legitimate chance to prove, on the field, that he belongs.

Nagy's looking forward, not backward, when it comes to 2015's seventh pick overall.

"That's gone, that's in the past," Nagy said of White's first three years. "This kid has a new future with us."

White won't be handed a job, however.

"He's gotta work for it, he's gotta put in the time and effort to do it," Nagy said. "But he will do that, he's been doing it. He's a great weapon, he's worked really hard. He has great size, good speed. We just want him to play football and not worry about anything else."