Burton signed a contract with the Saints on Monday, John Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. Burton will add an element of competition this summer as he goes head to head with incumbent fullback Zach Line. Burton only appeared in eight games last season with Bears and has recorded 64 rushing yards over his four-year career.
Burton is a coach's decision inactive Sunday against New England, Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic reports. Burton has seen just 17 offensive snaps on the season and his absence shouldn't impact the offense much at all. He'll have a chance to suit up in future weeks if injuries open up gameday roster spots.
Burton caught one pass for six yards in Sunday's 24-23 loss to the Packers. As the team's fullback, Burton played sparingly, but he was targeted in the flat for his six-yard gain. It's unlikely that he sees more than a few touches in any given game, especially given the array of offensive weapons the Bears have on offense.
Burton (leg) caught one pass for 10 yards during Saturday's 27-20 preseason win over the Chiefs. Burton is the only fullback on the Bears' roster, so he'll likely make the final squad. Over the last three seasons, he's rushed just eight times for 11 yards and zero touchdowns.
Burton is not expected to play in Saturday's preseason game against the Broncos due to a right leg injury, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports. Burton likely suffered a minor right-leg injury in practice at some point this week, and the Bears have elected to keep their starting fullback to the sideline Saturday. He'll look to return for Week 3 of the preseason when Chicago hosts the Chiefs next Saturday.
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