Chicago Bears activate TE Shaheen from I.R.
The Bears activated TE Adam Shaheen from injured reserve, and he is expected to play vs. the Vikings Sunday night at Soldier Field.
Shaheen returned to full practice last week, and coach Matt Nagy was asked Friday if there was a chance of activating him for the NFC North showdown against the 5-3-1 Vikings, who trail the 6-3 Bears by a half-game.
“I hope so, but I don’t know,” Nagy said. “We’re kind of at a point in the same thing with Khalil (Mack) and (Allen Robinson) those last several weeks where we just keep talking to him and see where he’s at each day. The easiest way to put it is he’s just simply day-to-day right now.”
Shaheen, a 2017 second-round pick (45th overall) from Ashland, had 12 catches for 127 yards and three touchdowns as a rookie. Trey Burton has clearly established himself as the Bears’ go-to tight end in the passing game with a team-best five touchdowns on 33 receptions for 411 yards.
But the Bears believe Shaheen has the size and athleticism to function as a blocker in the run game and also factor in the passing game.
The 6-foot-6, 270-pound Shaheen has been out since suffering foot and ankle injuries late in the preseason after catching four passes for 58 yards. His injuries did not require surgery.
In a corresponding move, the Bears are expected to place five-year veteran TE Dion Sims on injured reserve with a concussion he suffered late in the Bills game on Nov. 4. Sims, who was used primarily as a blocker, has two catches for nine yards.
The only other tight end on the roster with a reception this year is Ben Braunecker, who had a 20-yard catch last week against the Lions.