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Bears’ Kevin White takes small rehab step

Kevin White took a small, public step in his long rehab from a stress fracture in his left shin Thursday, doing light work off to the side at Halas Hall.

It marked the first time since Bourbonnais that the No. 7 overall pick has been spotted by media working out.

“They are continuing to rehab,” coach John Fox said. “The training staff, they’ve been doing a lot of indoor work. Now he’s progressing to where he can get on the grass a little bit. He’s not been activated.”

He said White “has made good progress,” but wouldn’t put a timeline on a return, if he makes one at all this season.

White never practiced for the Bears during training camp, instead trying to work back from a stress fracture of his left shin that he first felt during OTAs. When the pain returned, he and the Bears announced Aug. 15 they opted for surgery and a spot on the Physically Unable to Perform list. White had surgery eight days later to have a rod inserted to stabilize his shin.

He is eligible to return to practice any time between next week and Week 11, though he doesn’t figure to be back soon, if at all. The Bears will be cautious with him.

“I don’t like putting schedules and timelines, that kind of stuff,” Fox said. “Just kind of day to day.”

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