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Hub Arkush: Nothing official yet, but Trubisky will be a spectator Sunday

December 2, 2018

CHICAGO – So here is my completely unofficial, to be believed but not trusted report on the status of Mitch Trubisky for the Bears game at MetLife Stadium Sunday versus the New York Giants.

Chase Daniel will be the Bears starting quarterback for the second straight week and Trubisky will be in street clothes once again.

No, neither Matt Nagy nor Trubisky or any other “deep throat” in the Bears organization is sharing classified information with me and I cannot confirm this report for you with anybody in a position to know for sure.

But here’s all we need to know.

Questioned Thursday before practice if Trubisky would be returning to his regular practice routine Nagy replied, “He’s going to do exactly what he did yesterday. Nothing’s going to change. He’s going be limited.”

Pressed for details, small ones like is Trubisky throwing at all, Nagy told us, “Is he throwing? No.”

There is at least one thing that general manager Ryan Pace and Nagy are completely transparent about.

Love ya’ some Khalil Mack, Allen Robinson, Eddie Jackson, Tarik Cohen or Akiem Hicks, but Trubisky is believed to be the “Franchise.”

And if the “Franchise” isn’t throwing footballs on Thursday, he isn’t playing in an NFL game on Sunday under any circumstances, particularly when you have one of the top five backups in the league you are paying $7 million for situations exactly like this.

You don’t want to trust me, someone who isn’t allowed to watch practice or speak to the team’s medical people?

Well I certainly can’t blame you for that but consider what Trubisky himself said Thursday when asked to tell us just exactly what his injury is.

“I can’t get into specifics just because that’s the advice I’ve been given, but I’m feeling good,” Trubisky said. “I’m getting closer every single day. I’m just trying to get ready to get back as soon as possible.

“When that decision is made by the people above, the trainers and docs and everything, then I’ll be ready to go. But I’m feeling good, and that’s the important thing.”

Allow me to translate for those of you who don’t speak “coach-speak” or NFL player being extremely careful not to say anything that might get him in hot water with the boss.

Trubisky will be back out there when he’s told he’s ready by Nagy and there isn’t a snowball’s chance in hell of that happening before the Rams get here a week from Sunday.

Let’s check back with the boss for a moment and hear what Nagy had to say when asked if it would be extraordinary for Trubisky to play Sunday if he doesn’t practice this week?

“Not extraordinary,” Nagy said. “I’ll go back to what I said yesterday. For us, we feel like timing-wise with the guys, with where he’s at, he’s good there.

“It’s just the fact that he’s not throwing.”

The boss feels like Trubisky is good where he’s at, not really practicing and definitely not throwing because of pain in his throwing shoulder.

Actually half of that is a dangerous assumption.

From where I sit, Trubisky is definitely not playing Sunday. But is it because of pain in his shoulder? Or because the Bears believe he will be that much better off with an extra week rest on the “sore shoulder” and ready for a much more important game against the Rams a week from Sunday?

From the moment the Trubisky injury was confirmed a week ago Monday, Nagy has said much like the club did with injuries to Khalil Mack and Allen Robinson, they would error on the side of caution.

Whether or not those two needed to miss the Bills game following the Jets game, or whether it was precautionary to have them ready for the Vikings is unknown, but we do know it worked out very well.

And as key as they are, they aren’t the “Franchise.”

It says here Trubisky will be a spectator in Jersey on Sunday for the exact same reasons – we hope.

If the Bears are fibbing about the seriousness of Trubisky’s shoulder boo-boo then they have a much bigger problem, but there’s really no reason to believe that from what we’ve seen and heard so far.

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