Bears Expect Trey Burton To Be Game-Time Decision

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) -- The Bears are prepared for the possibility that they'll be without tight end Trey Burton in the season opener against the Packers at Soldier Field on Thursday evening.

Coach Matt Nagy and his staff have a contingency plan established for their offense if Burton is unable to play due to a groin strain. That call could come 90 minutes prior to kickoff when inactives are set.

"I feel like it is getting slightly better, but we’ll make that decision as we go," Nagy said Tuesday. "But it'll end up being pretty much a game-time decision, and that’s all we can really do. We’re prepared both ways."

Burton suffered the groin strain last week, the Bears have said. They believe it to be a minor injury and consider his status day-to-day. He was officially listed as a limited participant Monday and Tuesday. 

The 27-year-old Burton played in all 16 regular-season games in 2018, recording 54 receptions for 569 yards and six touchdowns. However, he missed the wild-card loss to the Eagles due to a groin injury that was first listed on the injury report late the Saturday night before the game.

It was later revealed that Burton had a "significant" groin injury, general manager Ryan Pace said. Burton would undergo surgery to repair a sports hernia in the spring. The recovery time for Burton lingered into the preseason, forcing him to miss practices.

Reserve tight ends Adam Shaheen and Ben Braunecker will play bigger roles if Burton can't play.

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