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Kevin White resigned to prospect of missing Bears ’15 season

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Kevin White resigned to prospect of missing Bears ’15 season

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – Kevin White told a couple of local news outlets on Friday that if it were up to him, he would be out on the field playing the sport he was drafted to play.

But it wasn’t and isn’t up to the rookie wide receiver, who will undergo surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left shin. When exactly it first appeared isn’t clear at this point – one story is that it was there at the NFL Scouting Combine in March (where he ran a 4.35 “40”), others that it was early, or late, in offseason OTA’s.

[MORE: Bears WR Kevin White to have surgery on stress fracture, could miss season]

Earlier or later, which doesn’t really matter now, the situation turned dark last week when White ran lightly on Monday without issues, then had some discomfort when he tried again on Tuesday.

The first and hardest thing for White, who missed one game in two seasons at West Virginia with a shoulder injury, was to admit that to the organization.

“Probably the most difficult thing I’ve had to do in a little while, kinda just throwing in the towel kinda-thing,” said White. "I just have to be honest, because if not, then I’ll hurt myself, and it wouldn’t be sure for my future, if that’s what it led to.”

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The decision was not especially easy for the Bears, who could have continued to wait for healing to occur naturally. But the reality is that surgery might still be required even after additional waiting.

The offense will open the season without him and after that, “I know it’s going to be a little while [coming back],” White said. “If I can come back and am able to play a little bit in the season, we’ll do it. If I’m feeling ok.

“But just following through. If they want me out there, then I’ll try my best to get out there. I want to come back as soon as possible. But listening to the guys from understands. If it’s this season, then great. If it’s next season then I’ll just have to wait.”

NFC North standings: Bears fall to last in division with Week 7 loss to Patriots

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NFC North standings: Bears fall to last in division with Week 7 loss to Patriots

The great Ricky Bobby once said, “If you ain’t first, you’re last.” Talladega Nights hit a little too close to home for the Bears in Week 7.

They came into Sunday at 3-2 at the top of the NFC North. After a 38-31 loss to the New England Patriots, they dropped to the bottom of the division.

The Detroit Lions defeated the Miami Dolphins 32-21 to improve to 3-3, leaving them tied with the Bears in the cellar.

The Minnesota Vikings’ 37-17 victory over the New York Jets jumped them to 4-2-1 overall and first place in the division over the 3-2-1 Green Bay Packers, who were off for their bye week.

The NFC North remains the most tightly contested division in the NFL, the only one with no teams under .500 through seven weeks of the season.

The final standings may not be decided until Week 17, and the Bears have already blown the early season cushion they built for themselves while the Vikings and Packers were struggling.

The divisional action will pick up in November, and Chicago only has a pair of games left to put it all together before back-to-back-to-back games against the Lions, Vikings and Lions again.    

Under Center Podcast: Bears lose 38-31 to the Patriots

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Under Center Podcast: Bears lose 38-31 to the Patriots

Matt Forte, Lance Briggs and Alex Brown join Laurence Holmes to break down the Bears 38-31 loss to the Patriots. What happened to the Bears defense over their bye week, and how did the special teams struggle so bad against New England? Plus – the guys debate Mitchell Trubisky’s decision making in the red zone and Matt weighs in on how the Bears should play his former team – the New York Jets – next week.

0:35– Special teams to blame for loss?

4:12– Where did the Bears pass rush go? 

5:27– Bad tackling followed Bears from Miami

7:25– Are the coaches to blame for the defense after the bye?

10:10– Evaluating Mitchell Trubisky’s game

11:55– Agree with Matt Nagy on Mitch’s “mental” game?

13:30– Trubisky’s red zone decision making

17:10– Are the Bears giving away games so Mitch can learn?

18:00– Bears need to run the ball more

21:04– Matt Forte scouts his former team, the New York Jets

Listen to the full podcast here or in the embedded player below.

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