Bears Hopeful But Still Evaluating Burton's Health

"We just want to stay optimistic with where he's at," coach Matt Nagy says.

Chris Emma
September 09, 2019 - 2:34 pm

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) -- The Bears returned to the practice field Monday morning with tight end Trey Burton present.

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Burton was moving around "pretty good" in the team's structured 10-10-10 practice, coach Nagy said, after he missed the Bears' season-opening loss to the Packers last Thursday with a groin strain. However, Nagy was noncommittal when asked about Burton's status for Chicago's game at Denver on Sunday.

"We just want to stay optimistic with where he's at," Nagy said. "And then kind of feel it out as the days go by -- as the week goes by here, really -- where he's at."

Burton suffered the groin strain two weeks ago. The Bears have said they believe it to be a "mild" injury, though it was enough to sideline him for the opener. The 27-year-old Burton also missed the team's playoff loss to the Eagles in January due to a groin injury. He underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia in the spring, which Nagy said at the time was related to the groin issue.

The Bears believe that Burton's current groin injury isn't related to the sports hernia, which kept him sidelined for the first three weeks of training camp.

Signed in March 2018 to a four-year deal, Burton hauled in 54 receptions for 569 yards and six touchdowns in playing all 16 regular-season games in 2018.

The Bears will issue their first injury report of the week Wednesday afternoon.

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