Bears' Adam Shaheen Nearing Return From Injured Reserve

October 23, 2018 - 2:16 pm

(670 The Score) The Bears could soon welcome the return of second-year tight end Adam Shaheen, a player whom they believed would emerge this season but who has been on injured reserve with a right foot/ankle injury.

Shaheen is now moving well under his own power and could soon rejoin the Bears at practice, though coach Matt Nagy couldn't say whether that would be this week or later. 

"He's getting closer," Nagy said during his Monday press conference. "That's something that (the coaching staff and training staff will) get together and discuss, kind of where he's at in regards to this week and then as we go. But I like the way he's progressing. We're with him every day in meetings, and I'm always talking to him. And I think he's getting closer."

Shaheen suffered the injury during the Bears' preseason game in Denver on Aug. 18, going to the ground with his right leg folded awkwardly. The team explored multiple medical opinions before placing Shaheen on injured reserve to start the regular season. Shaheen had his right foot in a hard cast and used a mobilized scooter around the Bears' facility. He recently has been free of protections to the injury.

A second-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, Shaheen had 12 receptions for 127 yards and three touchdowns as a rookie last season. He played in 13 games before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury in a game at Cincinnati on Dec. 10, then missed the final three contests.

Nagy has spoken confidently in what Shaheen could bring to his Bears offense, which uses its tight ends regularly. The team was excited to pair Shaheen up with veteran Trey Burton, who posted career-highs with nine receptions and 126 yards in a loss to the Patriots on Sunday, adding a touchdown as well.

The Bears can activate Shaheen next week after he has completed his eight-week required stay on injured reserve. He's eligible to return practicing whenever the team desires.

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