Former Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Artie Burns is out for the season after suffering a torn ACL during practice with the Chicago Bears on Tuesday, according to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Burns, who played his first four NFL season with the Steelers, signed a one-year, $1.05 million deal with Chicago in the offseason. Pittsburgh declined his fifth-year option before the 2019 season, when he was replaced in the starting lineup by free agent signing Steven Nelson.
The 25-year-old corner appeared in 10 games last season and recorded eight total tackles. Burns was drafted in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft out of Miami and started in 32 games over four seasons in Pittsburgh, including starting all 16 games at right cornerback in 2017.
Burns was expected to start for Chicago after falling out of favor in Pittsburgh. Instead, the Bears will likely be forced to turn to second-round rookie Jaylon Johnson out of Utah.