Burton On Missing Bears' Loss: 'Let The Team Down'

Trey Burton couldn't play Sunday because he experienced groin pain.

Chris Emma
January 07, 2019 - 2:30 pm
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LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) -- The Bears missed the presence of tight end Trey Burton during their season-ending loss to the Eagles in the wild-card round Sunday. In the aftermath, he explained that what kept him from suiting up was a groin injury that he described as surprising.

Burton returned home Friday evening from the Bears' light workout and said he began to experience tightness in his groin -- or what he described as a "locked-up" sensation. He woke up Saturday morning and found that the pain made it difficult for him to walk.

Coach Matt Nagy said he first learned of the injury to Burton early Saturday morning, and the Bears began the process of evaluating his injury, running tests and determining whether he could play Sunday. By that evening, he was added to the injury report and deemed questionable to play.

"I thought I was fine," Burton said. "I thought I'd be able to push through it. Didn't get any treatment. I thought I was good. And then went to sleep Friday night, woke up and it was completely locked.

"I let my team down. I hate it. Especially going against one of my former teams, playoff game, all the implications. It was tough."

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Signed to a four-year deal in March, Burton was a key piece to the Bears' offense, hauling in 54 receptions for 569 yards and six touchdowns. Without him, the Eagles keyed in on other weapons in Nagy's offense, such as running back Tarik Cohen, who had just four touches on the day.

Being sidelined was especially frustrating for Burton given that it was a postseason game against his former team, with which he won a Super Bowl championship last season.

"Frustrated," Burton said. "Extremely frustrated."

Burton did "everything possible" to suit up, he said, and wouldn't accept the realization that he couldn't go until 90 minutes before kickoff, when the Bears designated him as inactive. Burton wasn't seen on the field for pregame warmups testing the injury like safety Eddie Jackson did for his ankle.

After the Bears' loss to the Giants in early December, Burton had admitted he experienced anxiety issues as Nagy attempted to recreate the Eagles' play "Philly Special" for his own team, known instead as "Oompa Loompa" in Chicago's playbook. Burton was tasked with throwing the football but backed out of that responsibility, instead running a handoff.

Burton said anxiety didn't play a role in this groin injury, though the feeling of it locking up was familiar from the past.

"My history of my body, that's what it does," Burton said. "It locks up when it feels any threat. That's kind of what happened to me.

"I think it's just my body trying to protect itself."

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