Kevin White Injury Updates

The Bears selected Memphis WR Anthony Miller with the 51st overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. Few WRs were more productive over the past 2 seasons. Miller racked up 95 catches for 1,434 yards and 14 TDs in 2016, finishing top 10 in the country in all 3 categories. Then he set new career highs across the board last year with 96 catches, 1,462 yards and a nation-high 18 TDs. And he was efficient, ranking 4th among all draft-eligible WRs in Pro Football Focus’ yards per route run. Miller wasn’t able to test at the Combine but earned an 87th percentile SPARQ score at his Pro Day. So you’re probably asking, “why wasn’t this dude a 1st-round pick?” Well, he’s smallish at 5’11 and 201 pounds. He’s already 23 years old. And he suffered a Jones fracture in his right foot in his final college game — an injury that has a tendency to cause long-term problems. That said, a healthy Miller looks capable of winning at all areas of the field and as an outside or slot receiver. He’s a long shot to assume #1 duties in Chicago with Allen Robinson in town. But Miller only needs to beat out Kevin White and Taylor Gabriel for the #2 role in an ascending offense. This is a nice landing spot.

Bears WR Kevin White was ruled out after injuring his shoulder in the 2nd half of Sunday's game against the Falcons. He hauled in just 2 of 4 targets for 6 yards before exiting. Stay tuned for an update.

The Bears have released WR Victor Cruz. The writing was on the wall when the veteran suited up for Thursday night's preseason finale. Turning 31 in November and with a plethora of leg injuries behind him, Cruz has very little left in the tank. He remains off the redraft radar. Chicago's WR depth chart now reads: Kevin White, Kendall Wright, Deonte Thompson, Josh Bellamy. WR Markus Wheaton is expected to miss another week or 2 with his finger injury.

Fox Sports' Pam Oliver reports that the Bears believe WR Cameron Meredith suffered a torn ACL in Sunday's preseason game against the Titans. It certainly looked like a season-ending injury when it happened. We've already removed Meredith from the WR rankings. His absence gives former 1st-round pick Kevin White a massive opportunity as Chicago's #1 WR. He needs to stay healthy and play with more consistency, but White is worth a shot as a WR4 with plenty of upside.

Bears WR Cameron Meredith injured his left knee in the 1st half of Sunday's preseason game against the Titans. With his foot planted in the ground, the knee was bent severely inward. It had the look of a serious injury. Meredith was fitted with an air cast on the field and carted off. We'll update his status when we learn more, but don't draft him in the meantime. His absence will leave Kevin White as Chicago's #1 WR, with Kendall Wright, Markus Wheaton and Victor Cruz behind him.

Bears WR Kevin White is "back to full speed," according to the Chicago Tribune's Rich Campbell. White has missed 28 of 32 games over his first 2 NFL seasons with leg injuries. He spent the early portion of this offseason reteaching himself to run with proper alignment and technique, per Campbell. But White's now on to sharpening his route running. "We've been working on that hard, some of his breaking-point stuff," WRs coach Zach Azzanni said. "A lot of times when you're a big guy like that, stopping and change of direction is hard." White remains a major question mark but has tons of opportunity in 2017 on a Bears team without an established #1 WR. He's a fine shot to take at his current 12th-round ADP.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Bears have agreed to a 1-year deal with WR Kendall Wright. The former 1st-round pick spent his 1st 5 seasons with the Titans and displayed promise through 3 of them. Wright lost 11 games to injuries over the past 2 years, though, and totaled just 65 receptions over that span. He joins a Bears offense that ran Cameron Meredith primarily from the slot over the 2nd half of last season -- to surprising success -- and still has slot man Eddie Royal on the roster. Royal carries a $5 million salary for 2017, though, and the Chicago Tribune reported earlier this month that the team is is expected to release him. At this point, we'd slot Wright behind Kevin White and Meredith for fantasy -- in an offense unlikely to support 3 worthwhile fantasy wideouts. It's worth noting, at least, that Wright played under Bears OC Dowell Loggains when Loggains piloted Tennessee's offense in 2013. Wright produced career highs in receptions (94) and receiving yards (1,079) that season and ranked 20th among PPR receivers.

Bears WR Kevin White is expected to undergo surgery soon to repair the "spiral fracture of the fibula" he suffered to his left leg last week, according to the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs. The team reportedly still hopes White can return this season, but he's not eligible to do so until Week 13. He's not worth carrying on redraft rosters. The latest injury is also another hit to White's dynasty stock. He missed his entire rookie season with a stress fracture to the tibia in the same left leg he hurt last week. White will be 25 when the 2017 season kicks off -- relatively old for a 3rd-year player.

The Bears have placed WR Kevin White on IR. It turns out he fractured his fibula and suffered a "severe" high-ankle sprain in Sunday's game against the Lions. We'll see if Chicago designates him its "player-to-return," but that sure sounds like a season-ending injury. He's safe to drop from all redraft rosters. White will have missed 28 of a possible 32 games to open his career if he doesn't return this year. He'll still be just 25 when the 2017 season kicks off, though.

Bears WR Kevin White is expected to miss an "extended period of time" with the ankle injury he suffered in Sunday's game against the Lions, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. We're still waiting for details on White's injury, but it sounds like at least a high-ankle sprain -- and potentially something worse. We'd try to hang on to White for now, but he's certainly droppable if you're hurting for roster space. His absence will move WR Eddie Royal up to #2 on the depth chart. He's been effective this season, with an 81.8% catch rate and 13.4 yards per catch.

Bears WR Kevin White suffered an ankle injury in the 2nd half of Sunday's game against the Lions. He headed back to the locker room with trainers and is officially questionable to return. We'll pass along an update when we get one.

Bears WR Kevin White (hamstring) is questionable for this weekend’s game against the Texans. He popped up on Thursday’s injury report as a limited participant in practice and was limited again on Friday. We’ll find out his game-time status by noon ET on Sunday. But the injury and White’s slow preseason make him a shaky Week 1 fantasy play.

Bears WR Kevin White was added to Thursday's injury report as limited with a hamstring. It's unclear whether he hurt the hammy in yesterday's workout or today's. We'll get another update on White's status tomorrow. After a slow preseason, he's not a recommended Week 1 fantasy start regardless of his health.

According to ESPN's Jeff Dickerson, it's "unclear" whether the Bears view Alshon Jeffery as a "true No. 1 receiver." The organization couldn't agree to a long-term contract with Jeffery before Friday's deadline for franchise-tagged players. "Chicago’s approach in negotiations suggests they view Jeffery more as a '1A' or elite No. 2 wideout.," Dickerson adds. Jeffery has certainly produced like a #1 WR over the past 3 seasons, averaging 5.6 catches, 82.0 yards and .5 TDs per game. That's a full-season pace of 89 catches, 1,312 yards and 8 scores. He did miss 7 games last year with a variety of injuries, though, and also entered the league with questions about his work ethic. Jeffery will have plenty of motivation this year as he plays for a big contract next offseason. A potential concern is the Bears trying to groom Kevin White as their future #1 WR.

Bears WR Marquess Wilson left Saturday’s game with a hamstring injury. Wilson said afterwords that he’s “fine,” while HC John Fox believes the injury isn’t “overly serious.” The 3rd-year WR might miss some practice time, but it sounds like he’ll have a shot at suiting up for Chicago’s 3rd preseason game at Cincinnati. Wilson’s health is vital for a team that might be without 1st round pick Kevin White for all of 2015.

Bears WR Kevin White will undergo surgery on his troublesome shin, GM Ryan Pace announced on Saturday.  The rookie will have a rod inserted into his tibia to address a stress fracture he suffered in OTAs.  White had been rehabbing the injury but had a setback this week, per ESPN's Josina Anderson.  He'll be placed on the PUP list, which will cost him at least the first 6 games of the regular season.  And there's reportedly a chance that White doesn't play at all this year.  He's not worth rostering in redraft leagues.  The big fantasy winner here is WR Eddie Royal, who's had a strong offseason and is now the favorite for #2 WR duties.  WR Marquess Wilson will also see more playing time, but we'll need to see more from him before considering him a viable fantasy option.

Bears OC Adam Gase compared WR Eddie Royal to Wes Welker. Gase coached both players in Denver. "Eddie's got a special explosiveness that a lot of inside guys don't have," Gase said. "Eddie is a threat at all three levels. He can come underneath. He can break out intermediate. And he can get down the field." Royal’s drawn rave reviews all offseason, building up his prospects as a late round PPR pick. Rookie WR Kevin White’s recent shin injury is only helping the veteran’s case for early-season fantasy relevance. Consider the 29-year-old a viable WR5.

Bears HC John Fox admits that WR Kevin White (shin) could miss all of training camp.  Chicago breaks camp on August 16th -- a little less than 2 weeks from now.  White has already missed over 6 weeks with the shin injury.  We don't have any details on exactly what he's dealing with or when he'll be back on the field.  It's not a good situation for a rookie WR coming from a college spread offense.  White has plenty of raw ability but figures to get off to a slow start this year.  He might even open the season 3rd or 4th on the depth chart.  We're avoiding him at his early-7th-round ADP.

Bears WR Kevin White (shin) has been placed on the active/PUP list to begin training camp.  He suffered the injury late in OTAs and has been off his feet for the past month, GM Ryan Pace said.  There's no timetable for White's return to the field.  It's not an ideal scenario for a somewhat-raw rookie WR who's expected to play a significant role this season.  White's absence opens the door for WRs Eddie Royal and Marquess Wilson to earn more playing time.


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