The clean slate for Bears tight end Adam Shaheen lasted only three practices at training camp. The 2017 second-round pick was healthy and ready to get to work, until Sunday when a sore back kept him out of practice.

It’s the latest in a growing list of injuries in his short NFL career. Shaheen’s rookie season was cut short by a late-season chest injury, and he began year two literally on the wrong foot, missing the first nine games on injured reserve with an ankle injury.

He came back in Week 11 to only play 19 snaps before a concussion left him on the sideline for another week.

With Trey Burton working his way back from offseason surgery, Shaheen had even more eyes on his development. This offseason was about him getting healthy again, and as of Friday, he was “in a good place.”

It’s unclear whether back soreness could linger moving forward. In the meantime, Ben Braunecker, Bradley Sowell and the four undrafted rookie free agents will have plenty of reps to make their case for spots on the 53-man roster.

 
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