General manager Ryan Pace said an MRI revealed that Burton (groin) is dealing with a "significant" injury, Adam Hoge of WGN Radio 720 AM Chicago reports.
Burton popped up on the injury report just days before Chicago's wild-card meeting with Philadelphia and was ultimately inactive for the playoff defeat. The specifics of his injury remain behind closed doors, so it's hard to put a firm timeline for when Burton may be ready to run around again. At this point, it's far from certain that he'll be healthy in time for the start of OTAs in late April or early May.
Burton, who was inactive for Sunday's playoff loss to the Eagles, relayed Monday that after a full practice Friday, his groin locked up Saturday, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
The tight end was unable to rally in time for his team's wild-card loss and will thus have the entire offseason to move past what is not a long-term issue. In his first year with Chicago, Burton hauled in 54 of his 76 targets for 569 yards and six TDs in 16 games. The 27-year-old remains under contract with the Bears through the 2021 campaign and therefore is in line to maintain a key role in the team's Mitchell Trubisky-led offense in 2019.
Burton is listed as questionable for Sunday's wild-card game against the Eagles with a groin injury.
Burton's late injury designation is a major concern as he wasn't listed on the injury report all week. The specifics and severity of the injury remain unclear as the 27-year-old's is likely to be a game-time decision.
Burton paced the Bears in receptions and targets, and he posted his second straight five-catch effort to finish off the regular season. The five-year veteran's arrival this past offseason was met with plenty of anticipation after the upside he flashed in 2017 in Philadelphia, but Burton underwhelmed more often than not relative to those expectations. However, given that he enjoyed his longest stretch as a starter thus far in his career, Burton amassed career bests in receptions (54), receiving yards (569) and touchdowns (six). He'll look to make a postseason impact in next weekend's first-round clash against the Eagles.
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