Burton (hip) said he's made it through four months of a six-month recovery process from December surgery, Stephen Holder of The Athletic reports.
In other words, he isn't ready for medical clearance but expects it to happen at some point this summer. The 28-year-old tight end was cut by the Bears last week and signed by the Colts a few days later, thus reuniting with head coach Frank Reich, who served as offensive coordinator for the final two of Burton's four years with the Eagles. Burton figures to slide in behind Jack Doyle on the depth chart, competing with Mo Alie-Cox for playing time in an offense that typically shows a reasonable balance between three-WR and two-TE formations. The Colts did add fullback Roosevelt Nix (knee) earlier this offseason, so that could be another wrinkle that takes snaps away from the depth guys at WR and TE.
The Colts and Burton (hip) agreed to a contract Wednesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Burton has managed just eight appearances since injuring himself in advance of the Bears' wild-card loss to the Eagles in January 2019. Since that game, he's undergone sports hernia surgery, dealt with a calf issue and had another procedure to deal with a labrum injury in his hip. He thus ended his tenure in Chicago with a 68-653-6 line on 100 targets across 24 contests before his release Friday. Upon joining the Colts, Burton may compete for slotting with Mo Alie-Cox behind starting tight end Jack Doyle.
The Bears will release Burton (hip), Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Burton, who is bouncing back from an offseason procedure on his hip, became expendable when the Bears signed Jimmy Graham. The 28-year-old thus enters free agency as an option for teams looking to add tight end depth, with the Patriots representing a potential fit. Burton caught 54 passes with Chicago in 2018, but his production dipped to 14 catches for 84 yards in eight games last year.
Burton (hip) is still rehabbing and remains on track to return for training camp, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com reports.
Burton struggled to get back to full strength after sports hernia surgery last offseason, catching 14 passes in eight games during the 2019 campaign before undergoing hip labrum surgery in December. The need for surgery kicked in a guarantee that covers $4 million of his $6.7 million base salary for 2020, but it won't come as any surprise if Burton is cut or traded before Week 1, considering the Bears signed fellow tight end Jimmy Graham to a two-year, $16 million contract in mid-March.
Burton (hip) should be ready for the start of training camp, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Burton had sports hernia surgery last offseason and never seemed fully healthy in 2019. He caught just 14 passes in eight games before landing on injured reserve, and he then had December surgery to address a labrum injury in his hip. Burton is entering the third season of a four-year, $32 million contract, with an injury guarantee covering 59.7 percent of his $6.7 million base salary for 2020, per overthecap.com. The contract structure suggests he'll be back in Chicago for at least one more season, though the team may add competition for the starting job at tight end.
The Bears announced Tuesday that Burton recently underwent hip surgery to address a labrum injury, Adam Hoge of WGN Radio 720 AM Chicago reports. Burton is expected to make a full recovery in advance of training camp.
Burton was limited to just eight appearances in 2019 before being placed on injured reserve due to a calf issue, but he's apparently still being bothered by the groin/hip injury he suffered shortly before the playoffs a year ago. While the tight end underwent a sports-hernia procedure last offseason, he's hoping that hip surgery will provide a more permanent fix. The 28-year-old will enter the third season of his four-year, $32 million contract in 2020 and will look to re-emerge as the passing-game weapon he was during his inaugural campaign with the Bears, when he caught 54 passes for 569 yards and six touchdowns.
The Bears placed Burton (calf) on injured reserve Saturday, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.
Burton's 2019 season will come to a premature end. He will finish with just 14 receptions for 84 yards in eight games. Adam Shaheen (foot) has already been ruled out for the Bears' Week 11 matchup with the Rams, but he figures to be the team's No. 1 tight end for the rest of the year. In the short term, Chicago is left with Ben Braunecker, J.P. Holtz and Bradley Sowell to compete for snaps. Burton will now set his sights on the 2020 season.
Burton (calf) and Adam Shaheen (foot) have both been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Rams.
The Bears are left with Ben Braunecker, J.P. Holtz and Bradley Sowell at tight end, a position where they've received minimal production in the passing game. Braunecker recorded a touchdown catch in last week's 20-13 win over Detroit, but it was only his 10th reception in 45 NFL games. The Bears likely will use some form of rotation come Sunday night. Looking beyond Week 11, coach Matt Nagy didn't rule out placing Burton on injured reserve, per Nathan Smith of the Bears' official site.
Burton (calf) was held out of practice Thursday.
Burton emerged from a Week 10 win against the Lions with a calf injury, which has kept him off the practice field so far this week. Adam Shaheen joined Burton on the sideline with a foot issue Thursday, leaving just three healthy tight ends (Ben Braunecker, J.P. Holtz and Bradley Sowell) on the Bears' 53-man roster at the moment.
Burton (calf) isn't participating in Wednesday's practice, Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic reports.
Burton is nursing a calf injury that he sustained during Sunday's 20-13 win over the Lions. The veteran tight end hasn't recorded a catch in two consecutive contests. In the event that Burton is forced to miss any time, Adam Shaheen, Ben Braunecker and J.P. Holtz would be candidates to play expanded roles on offense.
Burton (calf) failed to record a reception in Chicago's 20-13 victory over the Lions on Sunday.
Burton is averaging two targets per game on the season and has yet to surpass 20 yards in any contest. To make matters worse, he injured his calf Sunday, meaning his upcoming practice reps may be impacted.
Burton sustained a calf injury during Sunday's game against the Lions, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Deemed questionable to return, Burton was unable to haul in his only target prior to his departure. The Bears made Adam Shaheen a healthy scratch Sunday, leaving them with Ben Braunecker and J.P. Holtz as the remaining tight ends on the team's game day roster.
Burton failed to corral his only target in Chicago's 22-14 loss to the Eagles on Sunday.
In a game that Mitchell Trubisky threw just 21 passes, there were very few targets to go around, and as a result, Burton wasn't a factor. On the season, he's averaging two receptions for 12 yards while not scoring a touchdown, and unless he turns things around, he's not a player who can be trusted in fantasy lineups.
Burton caught one pass for 16 yards in the Bears' 17-16 loss to the Chargers on Sunday.
Aside from his only reception, Burton was targeted in the corner of the end zone, but the pass was uncatchable. He's yet to surpass 20 yards in a game this season, and his lack of upside makes him an uninspiring fantasy option.
Burton caught two passes for 11 yards in Chicago's 36-25 loss to the Saints on Sunday.
Burton fell victim to a horrible offensive performance in which the Bears were unable to sustain drives as Mitchell Trubisky was under constant pressure and struggled to locate receivers. He's yet to surpass 20 yards in any game this season, and unless he shows drastic improvement, he's nearly impossible to trust in fantasy lineups.
Burton caught three passes for 16 yards in the Bears' 24-21 loss to the Raiders on Sunday.
For the third game in a row, Burton was targeted exactly four times while posting between 16 and 20 yards. Unless he begins to show signs of improvement after the Week 6 bye, he's not a player who can be trusted in fantasy lineups.
Burton caught two passes for 16 yards in Chicago's 16-6 victory over the Vikings on Sunday.
For the second game in a row, Burton was targeted four times, but he's yet to surpass 20 yards in any of the three games he's played this season. However, it's possible he could've seen more work in this game, but the Bears had a commanding lead early in the second half, and they went to a very conservative offensive approach. It'll be difficult to trust Burton in fantasy lineups until he shows the ability to produce, but for fantasy owners who have room on their benches, he may be worth a stash as tight-end depth.
Burton (groin) is active for Sunday's game versus the Vikings.
While Burton's groin issue has lingered into Week 4, he'll nonetheless suit up for a third consecutive contest. His usage increased from 43 to 61 percent of the offensive snaps between Weeks 2 and 3, but so far he's managed to haul in just six of seven targets for 25 yards and no touchdowns. Burton will be hard-pressed to do much more against a Minnesota defense that has given up just eight catches for 84 yards to tight ends this season.
Burton (groin) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com reports.
Burton played the past two weeks and was a full practice participant Wednesday and Thursday. He doesn't seem to be in much danger of missing the Week 4 contest, but his continued presence on the injury report suggests the groin injury may be an issue all year.
Burton caught four passes for 20 yards in the Bears' 31-15 victory over Washington on Monday.
After missing Week 1 with a groin injury, Burton has averaged four yards per reception over his last two games. Until he shows some signs of possessing weekly upside, he'll be a difficult player to trust in fantasy lineups.
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