The Bears will be without one of their young tight ends to start the 2018-19 season.

Bears general manager Ryan Pace said Sunday that Adam Shaheen will open the season on injured reserve with a foot/ankle injury.

Last week, head coach Matt Nagy said he didn't expect the second-year tight end to go on IR, but the good news is Pace said he's a likely candidate to return later in the season. His injury did not require surgery either.

Shaheen had four receptions for 58 yards this preseason. In his rookie season, Shaheen had 12 receptions for 127 yards and three touchdowns.

Behind Trey Burton, the Bears' depth at tight end will certainly be tested early with Dion Sims, Daniel Brown and Ben Braunecker.