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.
Shaneed has been diagnosed with a low-ankle sprain and 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.
Shaheen will undergo further testing after suffering an ankle injury in Saturday's preseason game against the Broncos, Brad Briggs of The Chicago Tribune reports.
Shaheen made one catch for five yards before exiting Saturday's game. The severity of the injury, which will be known within the next few days, will impact the 2017 second-round pick's ability to battle Dion Sims (concussion) for the No. 2 TE gig behind Trey Burton. Shaheen's coming off a mild rookie campaign of 12 receptions for 127 yards and three touchdowns and will be an afterthought in the fantasy realm as long as Burton is on board.
Shaheen caught three passes for 53 yards in Thursday's game against the Bengals.
Shaheen caught all of his passes on a single drive with the second-team offense, including a 29-yard catch and run on a crossing pattern. Despite the team having signed Trey Burton to a big contract, Shaheen figures to be a full-time player based on his ability as an in-line blocker. Although it's unlikely he'll be a starting-caliber fantasy option, he'll be a player to watch in the event he becomes a bigger part of the Bears offense than expected.
Head coach Matt Nagy sees Shaheen as a good fit as a traditional in-line tight end with added versatility, Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
With Trey Burton having been signed to function as the "U" position in the offense, which is the receiver/tight end hybrid spot that Travis Kelce excelled when Nagy was the offensive coordinator with the Chiefs, Shaheen will primarily be slotted as a blocker. Nagy also stated that Shaheen can play Burton's hybrid role as well, but Shaheen projects to be a much better blocker. Since the odds of two tight ends posting big numbers is small, Burton is looking like the player to target in fantasy leagues, making Shaheen little more than a player to stash in deep leagues.
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