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.
Trey Burton practiced again on Tuesday. He was limited (groin).— JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) September 3, 2019
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.