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Cardinals Rumors: Kevin White Released After Hamstring Injury Recovery

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistAugust 21, 2019

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Kevin White smiles as he pauses during an NFL football training camp practice Wednesday, July 31, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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The Arizona Cardinals released receiver Kevin White on Wednesday as a hamstring injury has limited his availability during training camp and the preseason, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

White was selected seventh overall by the Chicago Bears in the 2015 NFL draft.

Injuries have plagued the 6'3", 216-pound wideout throughout his career. He missed his entire rookie season because of a stress fracture in his left shin, and he was limited to just four games in 2016 with a fractured fibula in his left leg. He played in just one game in 2017 after suffering a broken collarbone.

Though he did not deal with a major injury last season, he made just nine appearances for Chicago. It proved to be his final season in the Windy City, as the Bears declined the fifth-year option on his rookie contract.

He finished his stint with the Bears with 25 catches for 285 yards and zero touchdowns.

Jason B. Hirschhorn @by_JBH

Only two first-round wideouts drafted since 2010 have fewer career receiving yards and receptions than Kevin White, and those are John Ross and A.J. Jenkins. White's career almost couldn't have played out worse than it has. https://t.co/6SFNpewkkJ

White, 27, signed a one-year deal with Arizona back in March in hopes of jump-starting his career under head coach Kliff Kingsbury. He joined a receiving corps that featured the likes of 11-time Pro Bowler Larry Fitzgerald and second-year wideout Christian Kirk.

But an injury made it difficult to prove himself, ultimately leading to the end of his time in the desert.

The move comes on the heels of Cardinals rookie Hakeem Butler being diagnosed with an avulsion fracture in his hand, making him a candidate for injured reserve. Even with Butler sidelined, the team opted to move on from White.