The Bears replaced Alshon Jeffery with Markus Wheaton, who projects as more of a No. 3/4 receiver than as a starter. The team could still add more talent at the position, but the Bears are probably content to go to battle with White and Cameron Meredith as the primary targets for quarterback Mike Glennon. General manager Ryan Pace said White is coming along fast in his recovery from the broken fibula that ended the wideout's 2016 season after Week 4. The 2015 first-round selection missed all of 2015 with a broken tibia in the same leg.
Although there was hope that White would be activated from IR in the last quarter of the season, the Bears never designated any of their many candidates to do so. Consequently, he only has a four-game stretch to show for his first two professional campaigns due to lower-leg injuries. If he's able to avoid the pratfalls that have so far afflicted him in his career, White could emerge as one of the Bears' top wideouts due to Alshon Jeffery's upcoming status as an unrestricted free agent.
White last played in Week 4 and will have to spend a minimum of eight weeks on injured reserve before he's eligible to play. The Bears hope he'll be the one player to return from IR, but it may not be wise to rush a young player back for the closing stages of a non-competitive season. Cameron Meredith has stepped up in a big way since White was injured, catching 20 passes for 243 yards on 27 targets over the past two games.
White (ankle) underwent surgery on Thursday to repair a broken left fibula, Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
White broke his fibula in the team's only win of the season, Week 4 against the Lions, landing him on the IR for the foreseeable future. The Bears have not yet ruled out the chance he could return from the IR late this season, although that option should be made more clear now that the surgery is complete. As it stands currently, it's another disappointing season for the former first-round draft pick, whose talent and promise have been overshadowed by injuries the past two seasons. In any case, veteran Eddie Royal and new No. 3 wideout Cameron Meredith are likely to see an increase in targets as result of the injury.
White has already been placed on injured reserve after suffering a broken left fibula, and although it was initially uncertain whether he'd require surgery, that is apparently the route he's headed for this week. The former first-round pick is expected to be sidelined for an extended period, with a more definitive timetable likely to surface following his procedure. With White out, Eddie Royal's usage as a complement to top wideout Alshon Jeffery has increased, and second-year pro Cameron Meredith caught Brian Hoyer's eye with a strong Week 5 performance against the Colts.