Trey Burton on Monday clarified the strange, 11th-hour injury that sidelined him from the Bears’ 16-15 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles that knocked his team out of the playoffs.
Burton said he came into the Bears’ practice Friday feeling a little stiff, but was able to fully participate for the duration of practice. When he got home on Friday, his groin felt stiffer, and then when he woke up Saturday morning it was “completely locked.”
“I had a tough time walking, tough time really doing anything,” Burton said. “Tried to do everything we could Saturday, Saturday night, really all day, and then Sunday morning. But it wouldn't loosen up and let go. I wasn't able to play.”
Burton initially said he thought he was fine after Friday’s practice and would be able to push through it, so he didn’t get any treatment. But he did mention his body has a history of locking up like it did when “it feels any threat,” and even in doing “everything possible” on Saturday, he said, he wasn’t able to go.
Burton, too, didn’t think the stiffness that led to him being inactive was due to any sort of mental block.
“I was in a really good spot mentally going into this game,” Burton said. “I was extremely excited to play my former team. And obviously a playoff game as well. I was really looking forward to competing with those guys that I played with for four years. I don’t think — you know, I thought about it. I just don’t think it had anything mentally to do with it. But, it’s over now.”
In Burton’s absence, the Eagles were able to key more on running back Tarik Cohen, contributing to the Bears’ explosive playmaker only getting four touches. The Bears’ offense, too, looked out of sync for the majority of the game — at least until the fourth quarter — and Burton’s absence certainly impacted it.
“I let my team down,” Burton said. “I hate it. Especially going against one of my former teams, playoff game, all the implications. It was tough.”