The Bears have everything and everybody on lockdown at training camp. TV cameramen can’t shoot tape of team drills, bureaucratic restrictions have been placed on player interviews for all media and don’t even think about tweeting about someone getting injured during practice if you’re a reporter.
With the new, Soviet-style restraints in place, no one can be blamed for wondering what’s going on with No. 1 draft pick Kevin White. The wide receiver reportedly has a shin injury that has kept him out of the Bears’ first five workouts.
What kind of shin injury? Nobody outside the team’s cone of silence knows. When will he be back? “Hard to tell’’ would seem to be the official word. White got hurt six weeks ago — or so the Bears say. The team has not allowed reporters to interview him because he’s hurt, as if the latter automatically precludes the former.
Is it a stress fracture? A spider bite? Malaria? Should we be in full deathwatch mode?
Sometimes, it’s just better to be open and transparent. Even in the NFL.