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Bears rookie Kevin White (left) will be sitting for a while.

Fair question: Was Kevin White injured when the Bears drafted him?

SHARE Fair question: Was Kevin White injured when the Bears drafted him?
SHARE Fair question: Was Kevin White injured when the Bears drafted him?

Thanks to their deception involving receiver Kevin White, the Bears have managed to turn a shin injury into Watergate. Who knew what when?

The Bears say White likely worked too hard while preparing for the NFL Scouting Combine, which is code for, “It wasn’t our fault!”

But there’s no reason to believe the Bears, not after they lied about the extent of their top pick’s shin problems. After weeks of being deliberately vague, of hemming and hawing, they announced Saturday that he will need surgery and could miss the season.

Given the Bears’ aversion to transparency on the matter, it’s fair to wonder if they might have been covering up a preexisting injury. Was White injured – or susceptible to that specific injury – when the Bears’ medical team examined him before the draft? Have they been trying to hide their mistake? Or did they push him too hard during minicamp?

Nobody knows but the Bears. When they tell you he underwent “successful” surgery, which they most certainly will, believe them at your own peril.

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