One day after Bears cornerback Artie Burns was a surprise starter at the team's first padded practice of training camp, coach Matt Nagy told reporters on Tuesday that the former first-round pick suffered a knee injury in practice, the severity of which is not yet known.
Burns' ascent to the starting lineup was the biggest shock of training camp so far. It was assumed Kevin Toliver II would be given the first crack at the job. Second-round pick Jaylon Johnson is expected to eventually take over as the long-term answer, but he's behind in his learning curve because of his recovery from shoulder surgery.
Burns was the 25th overall pick in the 2016 draft and played his first four seasons with the Steelers before hitting free agency this offseason. He started 32 games in Pittsburgh but fell out of favor with the coaching staff and was relegated to just one start (in 10 games) in 2019.
The Bears offer Burns a restart for his career, but if his knee injury is a serious one, his tenure in Chicago could be over before it even began.
Bears cornerback Artie Burns suffers knee injury in Tuesday's practice originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago