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Bears Injury report: Trey Burton (groin) practices for the 2nd straight day after being out for a week with a mild strain

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Bears Injury report: Trey Burton (groin) practices for the 2nd straight day after being out for a week with a mild strain

LAKE FOREST – Trey Burton practiced again on Tuesday morning, as the tight end works to get healthy enough to be available for the Bears' season opener on Thursday night. The team listed it as a limited participation. 

Burton had been sidelined with what the Bears described as a 'mild groin strain' suffered sometime last week. According to GM Ryan Pace, the injury doesn't stem from Burton's offseason sports hernia surgery. 

"With training camp, it was more just being mindful, just being smart as he came off the sports hernia surgery," Pace said on Monday morning. "You're not doing a lot of football activities over the summer. So to rush him out there in training camp and say, 'Hey, go full speed in practice,' that's just not the smart thing to do. This mild groin popped up some time last week and it was, 'OK, let's just assess where we're at on that.' And again hopefully it's minor and it's day-by-day." 

It's been an unpleasant summer for Burton, who has dealt with a handful of lingering issues while rehabbing with the team's training staff. 

"It’s been really frustrating," he told reporters during training camp. "I want to be out there with the guys. I can’t stand sitting on the sideline and not playing. It’s really, really been frustrating from that standpoint, but I know there’s a bigger picture in mind.”

"It's just one of those things that it could have happened to anybody," Nagy added. "It is what it is. It happened to him. Now we're just trying to figure out the best way to deal with it, and that's just to make sure that we listen to what he has, what our trainer Andre says. It's unfortunate, but at the same time we're going to attack it head-on, and he's doing the same thing, and we'll just see what happens for his status."

If he can't go on Thursday night, Nagy and Co. have a better contingency plan than they did against the Eagles in January. Burton and the team are adamant that they're taking things day-by-day, but Pace acknowledged on Monday that a game-time decision may be the most likely scenario. 

For Bears, Pineiro's success begins to validate their method to the kicker search madness

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For Bears, Pineiro's success begins to validate their method to the kicker search madness

Perhaps no one on the Bears had a better Labor Day than Eddy Pineiro, who was officially named the kicker of the Chicago Bears over the long weekend. 

For all intents and purposes, Pineiro already had the job. After their preseason finale last Thursday night, Matt Nagy admitted it'd be hard to envision a scenario where, at that point, anyone else would be brought in. Still, there's something different about hearing it from team officials – like Pineiro did when special teams coordinator Chris Tabor let him know the day before the deadline. 

"It’s a lot of weight lifted off my shoulders," Pineiro said on Sunday. "Excited to be the guy. And this organization believes in me, and giving me a shot to be where I’m at. Just want to make them happy."

It hasn't been an easy summer, and Nagy and Co. would be the first to admit that they maybe didn't get everything right when it came to replacing Cody Parkey. It wasn't always smooth, but Nagy, Tabor, and GM Ryan Pace knew that 'turning over every stone' wouldn't be. 

"If we would just do the same thing over and over again, and expect different results, I think that's the definition of insanity," Tabor said on Monday. "So our process that we went though, I'm really proud of the process that we went through."

"The whole process that we went through, that was really the plan all along, you know," Pace added. "And the hope all along, and the optimism all along, is to hit on a young kicker than we can grow and develop. We feel like we've done that. We're very confident in him, and there was a lot of adversity but in to that plan, you know strategically so. And we think it worked out just right."

The way Pineiro rebounded after a shanked extra point attempt continued to come up in conversations on Monday, as did the way he celebrates with his teammates. Obviously none of that matters much if he's missing kicks, but the Bears – whether they'd admit it or not – are clearly pleased with how Pineiro's embracing all the aspects of being the Chicago Bears' kicker. It's part of what made Robbie Gould so popular here, and part of why Cody Parkey wasn't. Plenty in Halas Hall are happy to roll their eyes at the practice-on-Soldier narrative, but his willingness to do so goes a long way. 

"[He'll practice] as many times as we can get down there," Tabor said. "Sometimes it's dependent upon the schedule, where we are playing and those types of things. I know that can be a big story. I really don't find that a story. We really need to get down there and work, make him more familiar with it, so we will continue to do that."

"... He's eager to do anything, that's why I love him the way I do. He's very coachable. The kid has talent, we just have to keep honing it in."

 

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Tight End Trey Burton is day-to-day with a mild groin strain

Tight End Trey Burton is day-to-day with a mild groin strain

Despite taking a cautious approach to the offseason, the Bears still may be without one of their most important offensive players when they kick off the NFL season on Thursday night. 

Tight end Trey Burton has a mild groin strain, according to GM Ryan Pace, and is considered day-to-day. 

"We were smart with how we ramped him up through training camp, just with him not doing a lot of football activities over the summer," Pace said. "This was an unrelated mild groin strain that we’re dealing with right now. So we’re hopeful but it’s going to be a day-by-day thing." 

Burton had sports hernia surgery back in the spring, though Pace was adamant that the tight end is fully healed from that procedure. He mentioned that team doctors and the medical staff had assured him as much. When asked if Burton would be a game-time decision on Thursday, Pace admitted, "It could go that way. We’ll see how today goes."

"We’re hopeful that it’s minor, kind of a day by day thing," he added. "It’s a mild groin strain is what it is. And we’ll see where it goes from there."

If Burton can't go, the Bears will be forced to cycle through the trio of Adam Shaheen, Ben Braunecker, and Bradley Sowell. The depth is a position of question, but Pace expressed confidence with the personnel they had. 

"I think Shaheen’s in a really good place right now," he said. "We’re excited where he’s at. Braunecker, he’s a big part of what we’re doing right now in a lot of different areas on offense and special teams. And then Bradley Sowell is continuing to grow and develop in his role as more of a blocking, Y tight end."

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