Joniak: Trey Burton Remains On Injury Report

Jeff Joniak
September 20, 2019 - 7:04 pm

USAToday Sports


RIVER FOREST, Ill. (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Veteran tight end Trey Burton remains on the injury report for Monday night’s game in Washington. That groin injury remains a nuisance, so he was limited at practice. How limited remains to be seen. Offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich could not say for certain when Burton will be 100 percent.

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“I don’t know the percentage of anything and that’s just another thing you have to manage," Helfrich said.

Burton is one of four key players limited during practice Thursday, but none are in serious jeopardy of missing Chicago's game at Washington.

Here's more observations on the latest from the Bears headquarters:

-- Bears starting right guard Kyle Long is dealing with a sore hip.  His limited status on the injury report did not faze head coach Matt Nagy who is giving no indication of any kind that it is something concerning for Monday night.

-- After wins this season the Bears coaching staff is picking a “Sweep the shed” award winner.  The first of its kind goes to nose tackle Eddie Goldman for doing the dirty week up front in the win in Denver.  “He effected the line of scrimmage. He effected the quarterback. He made plays that weren’t necessarily in the paper or on the internet. No to mention he also played through an oblique and showed mental toughness and physical toughness.”

-- That award comes from the collective mission statement of New Zealand’s All Blacks Rugby team who have adopted that selfless mindset in the name of team building.  It is something introduced to the team during the off-season program as part of Nagy’s theme filled approach to getting everyone pulling the rope in the same direction.

-- In my opinion, Goldman is one of the most underrated players in the league defensively. Once his luck started to turn injury wise, his play benefited. He is a force inside dealing with double teams and a huge factor in the Bears’ excellence at stopping the run.

-- Nagy is still being quizzed about having the foresight to reference the Saints last second week one win over Houston as his platform for the Bears last second win in Denver. Not only did Nagy show the team the details of that game to illustrate what can happen with time on the clock in a come from behind scenario, he and his coaching staff were calling each other and challenging each other with ideas on what to do in a similar situation.

-- Nagy said players visualized themselves making clutch plays in critical moments with the pressure on. Players like RB Tarik Cohen and kicker Eddy Pineiro.

-- “What’s Eddy doing in that team meeting?” Nagy said. “He’s watching Lutz from the Saints hit that field goal, right? Positive. So now when he goes out there its his chance to do it and he did it.” 

-- After two games, Anthony Miller is not showing up much on the stat sheet, targeted once in Denver on a two-yard catch. However, Helfrich raved about Miller’s unselfish reps in the Bronco game. “You watch that tape…watch those last two plays of him running down the middle. He makes that happen. Just an unselfish role down the middle of the field. That’s something that isn’t overlooked, but he didn’t touch the ball. He makes that happen.”

-- Miller’s effort opened up the middle of the field for Allen Robinson on his 25-yard catch from Mitch Trubisky to set up the game winning field goal.

-- Washington’s offense is in the hands of quarterback Case Keenum and defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano is taking notice. “They do a great job of it: run game, the play-action, the boots, the waggles, the throwbacks, the screen game. It’s difficult.

Jeff Joniak is the play-by-play announcer for the Bears broadcasts on WBBM Newsradio 780 & 105.9 FM. Follow him on Twitter @JeffJoniak.