Trey Burton is active Sunday against the Denver Broncos after missing last week’s opener with a groin injury.
This will be the first time Chicago’s starting tight end has suited up since first injuring the groin the week of the wild-card defeat vs. his former team in January and undergoing sports hernia surgery two months later. In two games without Burton, Matt Nagy’s Bears went 0-2 and were held to a combined 18 points.
Burton this week called his latest injury situation a “humbling process,” with the former undrafted rookie admitting it’s the first time he’s had to be honest about his health — though he did tell reporters in November that anxiety contributed to him opting not to again be the triggerman on the famous “Philly Special” when Nagy called his number.
Bears NT Eddie Goldman is also active. He injured his oblique in Wednesday’s practice and sat out Thursday before getting the questionable tag following a limited Friday. Chicago’s longest-tenured player, Sherrick McManis, and newest acquisition, TE J.P. Holtz, are healthy scratches along with Kerrith Whyte, Riley Ridley, Josh Woods, and Rashaad Coward.
Denver Broncos new nickel CB Bryce Callahan, who took a three-year, $21 million contract to follow his former defensive coordinator Vic Fangio from Chicago to Denver, is inactive for the second consecutive game with a foot injury. Denver will also be without starting LB Todd Davis and prize free-agent RT Ja’Wuan James, who injured his knee in his Denver debut and will be replaced by Elijah Wilkinson, in his first-ever NFL start.