Colts Activate TE Trey Burton From IR, Place WR Michael Pittman On IR


The Indianapolis Colts announced Saturday that they’ve activated TE Trey Burton from injured reserve and placed WR Michael Pittman on injured reserve.

The Colts also elevated WR Marcus Johnson to the active roster.

Pittman had compartment leg syndrome in his calf and underwent surgery and is expected to be back around Week 8 or so. 

Burton, 28, wound up signing on with the Eagles as an undrafted free agent out of Florida back in 2014. He played out his three-year, $1,537,500 contract with the Eagles before returning to Philadelphia on a one-year restricted deal in 2017. 

Burton later signed a four-year, $32 million contract with the Bears as an unrestricted free agent in 2018. Chicago released him with a post-June 1 designation earlier this offseason and he quickly caught on with the Colts. 

In 2019, Burton appeared in eight games and recorded 14 receptions for 84 yards receiving (6.0 YPC) and no touchdowns. Pro Football Focus had him rated as the No. 63 overall tight end out of 70 qualifying players. 

Pittman, 22, was a three-year starter at USC and earned first-team All-Pac 12 honors last season. The Colts traded up with the Redskins to select him with No. 34 overall pick in this year’s draft.

Pittman signed a four-year, $8,612,849 rookie contract that includes a $3,823,890 signing bonus. 

In 2020, Pittman has appeared in three games for the Colts and caught nine passes for 73 yards receiving and no touchdowns.

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