Shaheen (foot, ankle) is making progress and hopes to be ready when eligible to return in Week 9, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun Times reports. Although it's great news that Shaheen is on the mend, it's fair to question how much opportunity there will be to go around in the Bears' low-volume passing attack. Until Trey Burton starts to be a strong fantasy performer, it'll be tough to see Chicago supporting two reliable fantasy options at tight end.
Shaheen (foot) was placed on injured reserve Sunday, Larry Meyer of the Bears' official site reports. Shaheen wasn't originally expected to land on IR after suffering a sprained right ankle and foot during the Bears' preseason win over the Broncos Aug. 18, but he'll be a candidate to return to the active roster after spending at least the first eight weeks of the season on the sideline. The tight end won't need surgery to repair the issue, so the Bears expect him to play at some point in 2018. Trey Burton remains the No. 1 option at TE in Chicago with Dion Sims (concussion), Ben Braunecker and Daniel Brown (shoulder) providing depth.
Coach Matt Nagy doesn't expect Shaheen (foot, ankle) to be placed on injured reserve, Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. "There's different things that could happen with [Shaheen]," Nagy said. "But again we're waiting for the results to come back from these different opinions and then we'll have a much clearer picture with that." Shaheen suffered foot and ankle sprains during the second week of the preseason, leaving his Week 1 availability in question. The nature of Nagy's conversation suggests the tight end will miss the early part of the season, but it does at least seem that the Bears aren't yet considering IR. The 2017 second-round pick was expected to fill a part-time role behind prized offseason acquisition Trey Burton, potentially sharing in-line snaps with Dion Sims (concussion).
Bears head coach Matt Nagy said Tuesday that tests on Shaheen's sprained right ankle also revealed that the tight end is dealing with a sprained foot, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports. Fortunately for Shaheen, the former injury is classified as a low-ankle sprain rather than a high-ankle issue, which would necessitate a longer recovery timetable. Nagy relayed that while Shaheen also isn't dealing with any sort of fracture, the Bears don't have a clear timeline for the second-year player's return to action. In all likelihood, he'll be held out for the rest of the preseason, with Shaheen's participation level in the Bears' practices leading up to Week 1 likely to dictate his status for that contest. Shaheen and Dion Sims (concussion) appear set to serve as Chicago's top in-line tight ends this season, allowing free-agent pickup Trey Burton to line up out wide more frequently and handle fewer blocking responsibilities.
Shaneen has been diagnosed with a low-ankle sprain but has not been ruled out to play Week 1, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Shaheen is still undergoing further testing on the injury, but it appears that the tight end avoided a serious ankle injury. Expect an update on Shaheen's timetable to come at some point later this week.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|7||10/21||New England Patriots||27||9.00|
|8||10/28||New York Jets||18||7.00|
|13||12/02||@New York Giants||15||6.00|
|14||12/09||Los Angeles Rams||16||6.00|
|15||12/16||Green Bay Packers||6||5.00|
|16||12/23||@San Francisco 49ers||29||10.00|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||14||12||127||3||8||10.58||30|