Kevin White hasn’t seen the field much during his NFL career, plagued by injuries that have made the first-round pick already talked about among fans as a lost cause.

And now, after his first two seasons were wiped out with season-ending injuries, it seems that after the very first game of the 2017 campaign — at a time when the Bears need him most — he could be done for the year once again.

Multiple Sunday reports indicated that White, who left the season-opening loss to the visiting Atlanta Falcons with an announced shoulder injury, might have broken his collarbone.

It’s obviously horrendous luck for a guy who had such high hopes coming out of West Virginia. His first two NFL seasons were ended by leg injuries, and now this. Bemoan his lack of production all you’d like, you have to feel bad for this young man.

This was supposed to be White’s year of opportunity being that he was finally healthy, and the Bears were counting on him heavily in the wake of the season-ending injury to No. 1 wideout Cameron Meredith. But now the team’s wide receiver situation, already at a bad point without Meredith, worsens. The team could play 15 of its 16 games without the two receivers who topped the depth chart just a couple weeks ago.


The lack of options at wide receiver were obvious Sunday, too, with the Bears’ passing game not clicking at all until a couple late fourth-quarter drives. Mike Glennon finally found some success throwing to the likes of Kendall Wright and Josh Bellamy, but he leaned heavier on his running backs and tight ends. White, targeted four times, had just two catches for six yards. Bears receivers in total had nine catches, one more as a group than leading pass-catcher Tarik Cohen. The rookie running back had eight.

If the Bears were hurting at wide receiver before, they’re really hurting now, and you have to wonder if some kind of acquisition is on the horizon or if the team will forge ahead with this group of players who were supposed to be reserves.