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After a weekend off, the Bears returned to Halas Hall on Monday to begin preparations for their Week 2 trip to play the Broncos.

Here are three things we learned.

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1. Trey Burton was "moving around pretty good" in practice, coach Matt Nagy said.

Burton missed the season-opening loss to the Packers with a mild groin strain, but Nagy said after the game he hoped the tight end would be able to return this week.

The Bears didn't have to release an injury report Monday to classify how much he practiced, but Burton was on the field for the portion of practice open to media.

"We want to stay optimistic with where he's at and then just kind of feel it out as the days go by and see ... really exactly where he's at," Nagy said after practice.

Bears general manager Ryan Pace said last week Burton's injury is separate from the one that caused him to miss last season's playoff game and required offseason sports hernia surgery. Nagy said Burton was close to playing after going through a pregame workout Thursday, but the Bears erred on the side of caution.

The Bears mustered just 254 yards of offense and didn't find the end zone in the 10-3 loss to the Packers, but Nagy avoided pointing to Burton's absence as a reason for the sluggish showing.

"It would have been nice to have him, but that's not any reason why we played the way we played on offense," Nagy said after the game. "Trey is a great player, and him and Mitch (Trubisky) have good timing. We put him out there to see where exactly he's at and ... it was close. But we felt like it wasn't the right time."

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2. Matt Nagy said he took time out this weekend to reflect on Thursday's loss and his role in it.

Coming off a 12-4 season in which Nagy was named the NFL coach of the year, the Bears scored the fewest points in his tenure.

"The 24 hours (afterward) is hard," Nagy said. "That's a hard deal because you look at everything that you wish you could have or would have done differently. ... I start with, where can I be better to help our team? You beat yourself up in certain areas. But then, the person that I am, really am, jumps in and says, 'All right, enough is enough. It's time to keep being you and don't let this thing affect the next week.'"

Nagy said he will use experience to help him move on from the loss, including last year, when the Bears lost 24-23 to the Packers in the opener in Green Bay.

"You identify the problem, you fix it and you move on," Nagy said. "You don't dwell on it. ... I'm not going to sit here and be negative. I'm going to use it. The people and the players and coaches that are in this building right now, we've literally moved on to Denver."

3. Moving on to Denver means starting to examine how Vic Fangio is operating as the Broncos head coach.

Bears safety Eddie Jackson said the defensive players were going to get together to watch the Broncos play the Raiders on Monday night.

Jackson said he was interested to see Fangio, the former Bears defensive coordinator, whom players describe as a man of few words, "screaming at guys and getting all angry and things like that." But it also will help them start to prepare for an opposing coach who knows them well.

"He knows the type of players we have here (after) going up against our offense in practices, and also the type of guys we have on defense," Jackson said. "He knows our strengths and also our weaknesses. It's going to be a formidable one, another tough one. I know a lot of people look at it like, 'Oh, it's Denver. It should be an easy win.' But it's a lot on the line for him being his old team and for us being he was our coach."


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