Bears' Kevin White (shin) admits he's 'a long way off'

John Fox's first year in Chicago hasn't been a smashing success by any means. The Bears' defense doesn't resemble the Monsters of the Midway in the slightest and, after losing Brandon Marshall in the offseason and Alshon Jeffery to injury, Jay Cutler has struggled to find a reliable target through the air.

Rookie wideout Kevin White was supposed to be Marshall's immediate replacement and take some pressure off of Jeffery and Matt Forte. However, the West Virginia standout has been out since the preseason with a shin injury, and it looks like White won't see the field in 2015.

White told Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune that he's "not closing the door" on playing this season because "that would be like quitting." However, White admitted that "he's a long way off" and that a return in 2016 is more realistic.

The team will have to decide by the end of Week 11 whether to activate White to the 53-man roster or shut him down for the remainder of the season.

Bears fans have gotten used to life without White -- he didn't even practice in pads during the preseason and has had repeated setbacks since then -- so it would not be surprising if the Bears shut him down, as a franchise is wont to do in order to protect its future star.

The organization will likely wait out White's injury and hope he comes back 100 percent healthy next year. There's no use risking him further injury in what has already become a lost season in the Windy City.

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