The Chicago Bears deserve credit for how they’ve handled the past couple weeks. They went into their games against the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills far from full strength. Not only were they missing their star pass rusher Khalil Mack (ankle) but also their best receiver in Allen Robinson (groin). For them to lose those two and still win both games in blowout fashion? It’s a welcome sight.
Head coach Matt Nagy had good new on Wednesday. Thanks to that additional rest, both players were expected to return to practice after barely doing so the previous week. It was the latest sign that they should be good to go for a big showdown on Sunday with the Detroit Lions. Yet the extent of the news didn’t end there.
Another notable name is expected to join them.
Significant #Bears news: Matt Nagy says Adam Shaheen, Khalil Mack, Allen Robinson, Ben Braunecker and Bilal Nichols will all practice today.
— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) November 7, 2018
Adam Shaheen return could have a big effect on Chicago Bears offense
The Bears haven’t suffered many bad injuries this year. A far cry from the previous couple of seasons. However, one notable loss that disappointed many was Adam Shaheen. The big tight end was entering his second season and looked to be joining an offensive scheme built to feature his position. Kansas City has proven that with Travis Kelce. There were signs that he was ready to take off. Then he injured his leg, ending up on Injured Reserve.
Chicago has gotten along fine without him. Trey Burton is in the midst of a career season with over 300 yards and five touchdowns already. Still, the entire point was to create a personnel grouping that could get both of them on the field together. Few things are harder to cover than two tight ends on the field who can run and catch.
No doubt the Bears are already imagining the possibilities. Those two on the field together along with Tarik Cohen, Anthony Miller, and Robinson? Not to mention the dangerous presence of Taylor Gabriel? It sounds unfair, which is kind of the point. If the Bears offense has been this good with the weapons they have. Imagine when they get somebody with Shaheen’s talent out there too.