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.”
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.”