Chicago Bears News: Camp Ends, White Injury and More


Happy Monday Bears’ fans! While the weekend was not full of great news on the Chicago football front, I am glad you are joining me for this edition of Bear Dawn, the latest Chicago Bears news and notes from around the web.

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As you undoubtedly know by now, Bears rookie wide receiver Kevin White will miss some time to start the season. White has yet to compete in training camp with a shin injury, and on Saturday the Bears announced that White will need surgery to repair a micro-fracture on said shin. He is expected to miss at least the first six games of the 2015 regular season, with sitting out the entire season seeming to be possible.

While White was never expected to be hugely productive as a rookie anyway, it is disappointing to think that he could possibly lose a year of development because of an injury that was not supposed to be serious.

Interestingly enough, fellow receiver Alshon Jeffery is currently sitting out with a calf strain. Jeffery is only expected to miss about a week, but with the unexpected downturn of the White injury that we just witnessed, I am going to wait and see what happens to Jeffery.

The Bears broke from training camp on Sunday, and head coach John Fox had the team go through a brutally tough last session, according to Larry Mayer of the Bears’ official website.

“The intensity, no doubt combined with the heat, led to multiple skirmishes,” Mayer wrote. “Defensive lineman Jeremiah Ratliff and center Will Montgomery were involved in a couple of tussles, and tight end Dante Rosario angrily slammed his helmet down after getting pushed to the ground by rookie safety Adrian Amos following a reception.”

“We made it very, very competitive,” Fox told the media, according to Mayer. “This was not one of those non-padded, easy, exit final days of camp. We kind of warned them and alerted them. Stuff happens in camp.”

“We’re still at camp,” Fox continued. “We’ve still got a lot of work to do to find out who the tough guys are. The only way to find out is practices like that.

“It’s real simple, you just get better every day. You don’t just put it on cruise control. You don’t pedal downhill so-to-speak. It’s a process of a lot of hard work. We want to be a smart, tough, better-conditioned football team. You have to drill in practice that to see how that relates when you play games.”

The practice was not all demanding though, as Fox sprinkled in some fun. According to Jeff Dickerson of, quarterback Jay Cutler hauled in a touchdown reception on a pass from wide receiver Eddie Royal.

"Reporters later asked Royal to critique Cutler’s route-running ability.“It could use a little bit of work,” Royal laughed.“I thought about passing up on him and taking my second read, but it all worked out in practice.”"

Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times gives an interesting outlook on the Bears as they finished training camp.

Nate Atkins showcases rookie safety Adrian Amos for Chicago Football. Amos appears to be a legitimate contender to start opposite Antrel Rolle at the safety position. His coverage ability and athleticism make Amos a very interesting possible choice.

Lastly, Matt Eurich gives his predictions for Week 1 starters for the Bears.

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