Chicago Bears TE Trey Burton (groin) surprise Saturday-night addition to injury report

January 6, 2019

A groin injury has made TE Trey Burton a surprise Saturday-night addition to the injury report, according to the Bears.

Burton started all 16 regular-season games in his first year in Chicago, never appearing on an injury report until receiving a questionable designation on the eve of the playoff clash at Soldier Field with his former team, the reigning Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.

Burton, 27, caught a career-high 54 balls for 569 yards and six touchdowns, which rank second on the team along with his 29 first-down receptions. Burton has been a valuable resource both for Mitch Trubisky, particularly on third downs and in the red zone, and play-caller Matt Nagy because of his ability to line up all over the formation and contribute in many facets. Thus, his addition to the injury report following a full week of practice, is concerning.

If Burton, who signed a four-year, $32 million contract with the Bears last offseason, were limited or unavailable Sunday, the Bears could lean more on Adam Shaheen — whose snaps increased in each of the final four regular-season games — and fellow TE Ben Braunecker, who’s more in Burton’s “move” TE mold.

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