After hearing all offseason that tight end Trey Burton should be ready to go week one against the Green Bay Packers after rehabbing from his hernia surgery, his availability now appears to be in doubt. Chicago Bears’ head coach Matt Nagy is calling Burton’s latest setback a “mild” groin strain and that it occurred last week. He also said, per the team doctors, that it is not related to the offseason surgery, and that he’s day to day. “It’s unfortunate, but at the same time we’re going to attack it head on,” Nagy said today from Halas Hall.
While Burton, the starting U tight end, is an important cog to the Bears offense, the coaches have plenty of time to game-plan around his possible absence. Ben Braunecker will be the next U up and starting Y tight end, Adam Shaheen could factor as well. But also don’t forget about new faces David Montgomery, Mike Davis, and Cordarrelle Patterson as weapons head coach Nagy could utilize. Then there’s the returning Allen Robinson II, Taylor Gabriel and Tarik Cohen for quarterback Mitchell Trubiksy to work with.
The status of wide out Anthony Miller, who has been nursing an ankle injury the last few weeks, seems up in the air right now too, but it looks promising. “We’re evaluating him this week as we go,” coach Nagy said, “but I feel pretty good about where we’re at.”
A source tells me that the elbow injury that swing tackle Rashaad Coward has been dealing with is a hyper-extension.
The Bears official injury report only lists Coward as a did not practice and Burton as limited, meaning that Miller participated in full.