Chicago Bears rookie wide receiver Kevin White, who is suffering from a shin injury, could miss the entire 2015 NFL season, according to the team’s head coach Ryan Pace.
The Bears coach made the announcement at a press conference over the weekend saying that the rookie will have surgery on a stress fracture in his left shin and will be out for at least six weeks and possibly until Week 11 of the regular season.
“The game plan for me is to play as soon as possible,” White said via the Tribune. In a separate post on Twitter, a report stated that if White had a decision, he would be playing in the field and will not undergo surgery.
White, who was the Bears’ first round pick in the recent NFL draft or the seventh overall selection, is being accused of lying about the injury and was listed as day-to-day by the team leading to the official announcement of the surgery.
White attended Emmaus High School and Lackawanna College before moving to the West Virginia University, where he was selected as an All-American second team in 2014, his senior year in college.
White was pegged as one of the top WR prospects in the 2015 class in the NFL draft after recording 1,447 receiving yards on 109 receptions with 10 touchdowns in his final year in college.
The Bears signed him to a rookie deal last May worth $15 million over four years with a $10 million signing bonus.