When White first separated his shoulder in a Nov. 3 loss to the Steelers, he was told the injury would take between four and six weeks to heal.
"I worked hard to come back," said White. "I worked out hard and I probably worked a little harder than I was supposed to .. I stayed here during the bye week, came in and worked and did a bunch of the things the doctors said I probably shouldn't do."
The hard work has White ready to return to the field Sunday against Carolina, just one month after being injured. With Green rushing for 210 combined yards in the last two weeks, White won't be returning to his old role as the Browns' feature back.
"I'm fine with it," White said. "That's how it was in the preseason when they drafted a running back in the first round. It's not like this is a big shock for me."
While he finds himself back in the third-down role, White still sees himself as a feature back. The hardest working player in the Browns' locker room continues to work with the hope of getting that chance. That could come into play when he becomes a restricted free agent at the end of the season.
"I try to keep (free agency) off my mind," White said. "I try to just go out and play football and not let it be a distraction ... I'm happy. I'm happy for William. He's worked hard, and I'm happy to see him getting his confidence."