Bears Place TE Trey Burton On Injured Reserve

Burton's season likely ends with 14 receptions for 84 yards.

Chris Emma
November 16, 2019 - 2:04 pm
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(670 The Score) The Bears have shut down tight end Trey Burton, placing him on injured reserve Saturday afternoon. Linebacker James Vaughters was promoted to the active roster.

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Burton has been managing a groin injury that he suffered in late August, which limited his effectiveness over eight games. He also suffered a calf injury late in a win against the Lions last Sunday. 

The 28-year-old Burton has likely seen the end of his 2019 season, with the only chance for a potential return coming in the divisional round of the playoffs. At 4-5, the Bears' playoff hopes are bleak. Burton had 14 receptions for 84 yards and no touchdowns.

The Bears signed Burton to a four-year, $32-million deal in March 2018. He posted 54 receptions for 569 yards and six touchdowns in 2018, but a groin injury suffered days ahead of the Bears' playoff loss to the Eagles last January kept him from playing in that game and marked the beginning of an injury-marred year. 

The Bears will also be without tight end Adam Shaheen (foot), who was ruled out against the Rams on Sunday. The team's available tight ends in Los Angeles will be Ben Braunecker, J.P. Holtz and Bradley Sowell.

Vaughters, 26, was promoted a day after the Bears ruled out outside linebacker Isaiah Irving (quad). While the Bears placed Burton on injured reserve, the team didn't shut down linebacker Danny Trevathan, who suffered a gruesome left elbow injury last Sunday.

Kickoff between the Bears (4-5) and Rams (5-4) comes at 7:20 p.m. CT from the Los Angeles Coliseum. 

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.