Bears open practice window for top pick Kevin White


LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears have opened the 21-day practice window for rookie wide receiver Kevin White, the team announced Tuesday.

White, who has spent the entire season on the physically unable to perform list, is expected to stretch with the team and complete side work Tuesday, per a league source.

By league rule, the Bears have until the end of the 21-day period to elevate White to the 53-man roster, or place him on season-ending injured reserve.

The No. 7 overall pick of the 2015 NFL draft, White had surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left shin in late August. White had a rod inserted into his tibia to stabilize the injury.

Despite Tuesday’s encouraging news, the Bears plan to proceed with caution.

"Guys, honestly, is there a chance that he misses the season? That's a possibility," Bears general manager Ryan Pace said around the time of White’s surgery. "I want to make sure we do this the right way, not rush him back. Sometimes I feel like you have to protect them from themselves."

White has been visible around the facility and inside the locker room in recent weeks. He’s also accompanied the team on its past two road trips. But the Bears are thinking long-term, not short-term, when it comes to White’s potential impact on offense.

In two seasons at West Virginia, White started 22 of 24 games, catching 144 passes for 1,954 yards and 15 touchdowns.