White (shoulder) will be placed on injured reserve while recovering from a fractured scapula, Adam Hoge of WGN Radio 720 AM Chicago reports.
Donte Moncrief suffered the same injury last season and only missed five games, but he was never particularly effective and ultimately re-injured his shoulder late in the year. Bears coach John Fox said White's injury may require surgery, which likely would rule him out for the season. Should he avoid the surgery, White might be able to return from injured reserve some time after Week 8. The Bears are left with Kendall Wright, Markus Wheaton (finger), Josh Bellamy and Deonte Thompson at wide receiver.
White has been diagnosed with a broken bone on the back side of his shoulder and likely will require surgery, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com reports.
White apparently avoided the broken collarbone that was initially feared, but it may not make much difference if the injury still requires surgery. He'll likely require an extended absence for the third time in as many NFL seasons, leaving the already-thin Chicago receiving corps in the hands of Kendall Wright, Markus Wheaton (finger), Josh Bellamy and Deonte Thompson. The Bears crafted a nice Week 1 game plan centered around running backs Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen, but White's absence will only serve to make the offense even more predictable.
In a receiving corps beset by injuries, White's isn't unexpected as he's missed most of his first two seasons due to fractures in his right leg. If he indeed broke his collarbone, he's likely poised for injured reserve, depending on the severity. The Bears have already placed Cameron Meredith (ACL tear) and Rueben Randle (hamstring) on IR, while Markus Wheaton (finger) was inactive Sunday, so the offense could be trotting out a top WR trio of Kendall Wright, Deonte Thompson and Josh Bellamy next Sunday in Tampa Bay
White had his shoulder wrapped and his arm in a sling after Sunday's defeat to the Falcons, Stacey Dales of NFL Network reports.
White appears to be dealing with multiple injuries following a second-half tackle. In addition to the shoulder concern, he was grabbing his wrist as he left Soldier Field. While his health will likely receive clarification in the coming days, the Bears ended the contest with just three healthy and active wideouts: Kendall Wright, Deonte Thompson and Josh Bellamy.
White has been ruled out of Sunday's contest versus the Falcons due to a shoulder injury.
As White left the field, both a wrist and shoulder ailment were cited as the reason for his departure, but the latter was the true culprit. With White and Markus Wheaton (inactive, finger) now sidelined, the Bears' only health and active wideouts are Kendall Wright, Deonte Thompson and Josh Bellamy.
|4||9/28/17||@ GB||8:25 pm|
|6||10/15/17||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|8||10/29/17||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|12||11/26/17||@ PHI||1:00 pm|
|14||12/10/17||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|15||12/16/17||@ DET||4:30 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ MIN||1:00 pm|