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Bears: Kevin White still holding out a chance that he plays in 2015

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Bears: Kevin White still holding out a chance that he plays in 2015

The expected “activation” of Kevin White for as much as a three-week window of practice began quietly on Tuesday. The rookie wide receiver, returning from a stress fracture suffered in June, went through light warmups with the team, then headed for the Walter Payton Center and indoor work as the remainder of the team went through its one full practice day before Green Bay without helmets or pads.

He experienced some discomfort but not “excruciating,” he said and as far as playing in 2015, “there’s a chance,” White said. “Not closing the door on anything.

“Just taking it day-by-day. I would like for it to happen. If it doesn’t happen I’ve got to roll with the punches.”

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For White to move onto the active roster would require a sustained pattern of improvement.

“We’re just still progressing, business as usual,” said coach John Fox. “He’s not ready to play at this minute, but he’s able to be out here and participate. We have a three-week window. We’ll evaluate that day-to-day.

“He’s a high football character guy. He wants to get better and progress. He (has) a true professional mindset. I think he’s done very well that way. Really his whole thing right now is to get well. He’s progressing at that. He’s right on schedule. It’s not a lack of effort by any stretch. He wants to play football. He’s a football player.”

The Bears could close White’s 2015 door if they deem that he is not sufficiently recovered from the fracture and surgery in August to insert a pin in his left tibia. And the thinking has been that if the Bears’ year is lost as far as postseason, White’s rookie season will be 2016, although Fox would not link the two.

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“We’re going to deem him healthy and wherever we are in that three-week window, I can’t say that our record will have any effect,” Fox said.

White, the No. 7 pick of the 2015 draft, suffered the stress fracture during summer workouts. He has been rehabbing since then and as of Tuesday, the team needed to decide on whether to place him on injured reserve for the rest of the season or exercise the option of 21 practice days before deciding on whether to move him onto the active roster.

“I’m not back to normal, not just yet,” said White. “But it’s better than it was two weeks ago, than I was last week. So it’s getting stronger and I’m getting more comfortable with it.”

WATCH: Mitchell Trubisky runs like Michael Vick for 8-yard touchdown

WATCH: Mitchell Trubisky runs like Michael Vick for 8-yard touchdown

The New England Patriots defense wasn’t giving Mitchell Trubisky many options through the air, so he decided to take matters into his own hands at Soldier Field.

The young quarterback’s legs were the Bears’ most-effective weapon in the first quarter, as Trubisky led the team with 35 rushing yards on four carries in the opening period of play.

He capped it off with an eight-yard touchdown scramble that had him looking like Michael Vick on the field.

The Bears will need to have a more well-rounded offensive attack to keep up with teams like the Patriots, but Trubisky found what was working in the first quarter.

Perhaps most importantly, he’s been smart and safe with his running, opting to slide and go to the ground on his big plays to avoid any big hits.

His legs continue to make this offense more dynamic, to keep up with top-notch opponents like New England.

Watch Matt Forte attack Lance Briggs with a cardboard box, because why not

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Watch Matt Forte attack Lance Briggs with a cardboard box, because why not

It's gameday. 

The Patriots are in town. 

Khalil Mack is probably playing with a significant injury. 

Stressed out? Don't blame you. So enjoy this video of Matt Forte pranking Lance Briggs:

The best pranks are the most simple ones.