Mitch Trubisky not practicing Wednesday but ‘arrow definitely pointing up,’ Matt Nagy says
When the Chicago Bears hit the practice field Wednesday for the first time in six days, starting QB Mitchell Trubisky won’t be among those participating, head coach Matt Nagy confirmed Wednesday.
Trubisky, who suffered a right shoulder injury late in the Bears’ Week 11 win vs. the Minnesota Vikings 10 days ago and missed the first game of his career 88 hours later in Detroit, is improving, however.
“I don’t know his pain level, but I definitely think his arrow is pointing up,” Nagy told reporters at Halas Hall. “I think the range of motion is good.”
Unsurprisingly, Nagy isn’t tipping his hand on whether Trubisky could return to the starting lineup Sunday when the Bears face the 3-8 New York Giants. Nagy said Trubisky is likely to be a game-time decision but also reiterated that his young franchise quarterback isn’t dealing with a long-term injury.
In Trubisky’s absence, backup QB Chase Daniel led the Bears to a victory on Thanksgiving in an efficient if not extraordinary performance. On a short week prior to making his first start in nearly four years, Daniel tossed two touchdowns and played turnover-free ball while ringing up a passer rating of 106.8. It was a performance befitting of one of the NFL’s highest-paid backups, who has been steeped in Nagy’s offense for the better part of the past four years.
“ That’s why we have Chase,” Nagy said. “I have a great relationship with him. That’s why he’s here.”
Nagy last week likened Trubisky’s injury situation to that of Khalil Mack’s and Allen Robinson’s injury setbacks earlier in the season, when each were held out for two games. Trubisky didn’t visit with the media for his typical Wednesday appearance, and although he appears truly headed toward a game-time decision, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if the Bears opt to sit him once more, giving his shoulder 20 full days to heal before the Bears clash with the NFC West-leading Los Angeles Rams in a marquee primetime matchup in Week 14.
Although Trubisky remains sidelined coming off the mini-bye, TE Adam Shaheen and OLB Aaron Lynch are expected to return after missing Week 12 with concussions. The Bears appeared to miss Lynch in particular, as the pass rush was quiet and there was a noticeable drop-off when Khalil Mack wasn’t on the field against the Lions.