Tight end Trey Burton had a rough tenure in Chicago. The former Bear and new Indianapolis Colt was often injured in his Bears tenure. In over two years with the Bears, Burton started in 21 games (played in 24). and collected 68 receptions for 653 yards and six touchdowns. Part of the reason the Bears ultimately decided to part ways with Burton was the nagging injuries that made it difficult to evaluate his play in the first place.
But things could've gone much better for Burton last season, and in an interview with Colts Insider Jim Ayello of the Indianapolis Star, the 28-year-old tight end said that a hasty return to play was part of why things didn't work out.
Trey Burton said he was misdiagnosed before the start of last season, had a surgery that was fairly extensive and felt like he rushed back instead of taking the time to get ready.— Joel A. Erickson (@JoelAErickson) April 24, 2020
I was misdiagnosed with an injury before the season last year... I had (last-minute) surgery that was pretty serious and very extensive, and I tried to get back to playing. I was kind of rushed back into playing and didn't necessarily have the time to recover I should have had.
Despite not living up to his contract in his brief time in Chicago, the unconventional timing of the release caught him, and many NFL pundits, off guard.
Trey Burton says he was surprised the Bears released him. Didn't feel like that was the way it was headed at the end of the season or during offseason conversations.— Joel A. Erickson (@JoelAErickson) April 24, 2020
Burton went on to say that after having several productive conversations with the Bears, he was looking forward to working towards a big year in Chicago. Burton stated that the "surprise level was high" when the Bears released him, and now he is looks forward to proving that cutting him was a mistake.
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