If his shin injury relegates him to the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, he would miss the first six games of the regular season.
During NFL Network's “Inside Training Camp,” Rapoport said the Bears want to ensure their 2015 first-round pick is fully healthy before he returns to play, “so they will be cautious with him.”
“He hasn't done any running on hard ground,” Rapoport said. “[He] has done all his work in a whirlpool as he tries to recover from these shin splints. So he's on PUP now. From my understanding he may not be back anytime soon. Actually, a real chance right now that he will not be ready, will remain on PUP list when the season starts.”
When Bears coach John Fox spoke to the media on Wednesday, he downplayed concern for the severity of White's injury. White has been on the PUP list since the Bears reported to camp last week.
The Bears open their season against the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 13.
- Erin Flynn