Bears TE Adam Shaheen headed to injured reserve
By Bryan Perez
September 2, 2018
The Chicago Bears will place tight end Adam Shaheen on injured reserve, general manager Ryan Pace told reporters at Halas Hall on Sunday.
Shaheen injured his right foot in Week 3’s preseason win over the Broncos. He was beginning to emerge as an intriguing target for QB Mitch Trubisky even with the presence of free-agent prize, Trey Burton.
Pace said Shaheen will be a candidate to return this season. He’ll be forced to sit at least the first six games once he’s designated for I.R., however.
Shaheen was selected in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft from Division II’s Ashland University. He finished his rookie season appearing in 13 games (seven starts) and had 12 catches for 127 yards and three touchdowns.
Shaheen’s role was muddied when the Bears signed Burton in free agency, but he was playing with a lot more confidence this summer and was a prime candidate to enjoy a breakout year.
That breakout will now have to wait until the second half of the season, at the earliest.
Former Eagle Shaheen Catches TD In Bears OT Loss
Ashland University Athletics
December 2, 2018
In his second regular-season game of the 2018 season, former Ashland University All-American tight end Adam Shaheen caught a touchdown pass in the Chicago Bears’ 30-27 overtime loss at the New York Giants on Sunday (Dec. 2) afternoon.
Shaheen’s two-yard touchdown grab from backup quarterback Chase Daniel was his first reception of the season after missing the first 10 weeks due to injury, then the Thanksgiving game at Detroit for the same reason. Shaheen finished the game with two catches for five yards and the TD.
He caught a two-point conversion in his 2018 debut, a 25-20 home win over the Minnesota Vikings on Nov. 18 in which he started on offense.
As a rookie in 2017, Shaheen finished with 12 catches for 127 yards and three touchdowns, despite missing the final three games due to injury. He paced the Bears in touchdown catches a season ago. Shaheen played in 13 games and started seven, and caught his first NFL touchdown pass in a 23-17 home overtime win in Week 3 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Shaheen was drafted in the second round (No. 45 overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Bears, and is the highest-drafted player in Ashland College/University football history. He had a record-setting junior season at Ashland in 2016, one in which he caught a school-record and NCAA Division II single-season tight end-record 16 touchdown passes. He grabbed a school tight end-record 70 passes as a sophomore in 2015.
After starting just two seasons for the Eagles, Shaheen, a two-time American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) All-American and two-time College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-American, left sitting at No. 5 all-time in program history with 129 career catches, No. 10 in career receiving yards with 1,755, and was two receiving touchdowns away from tying the school’s all-time record in that category.