Trubisky removed from Bears injury report; expected to start vs. Rams
After a week of full practices, QB Mitch Trubisky was removed from the Bears’ injury report and will start Sunday night against the Rams at Soldier Field, barring any unforeseen developments.
“He put together three really good days in practice,” Bears coach Matt Nagy said. “He had good velocity on his throws. The main thing was conditioning-wise and seeing can he hold up? He did well with that. I like where he’s at. We’re going to play our offense and do what he does. For the most part we’re not pulling back in any regards.”
Trubisky suffered an injury to his right shoulder near the end of the Bears’ 25-20 victory over the Vikings on Sunday night, Nov. 18, and he did not play in the next two games. Behind backup Chase Daniel the 8-4 Bears defeated the Lions 23-16 on Thanksgiving Day and lost 30-27 in overtime to the Giants.
Trubisky compiled a 97.7 passer rating while starting the first 10 games and helping lead the Bears to a 7-3 record. He has thrown for 2,469 yards with 20 touchdown passes, nine interceptions and a 65.4 completion percentage.
S Eddie Jackson (shin) and DE Bilal Nichols (knee) were added to the injury report Friday and are questionable for Sunday. Jackson was the NFC Defensive Player of the Month in November on the strength of three touchdowns, two on interceptions and one on a fumble return. Nichols, a fifth-round rookie from Delaware, started his third game last week and had a career-best six tackles vs. the Giants.
Nagy referred to Jackson’s day off as “a rest day; nothing major,” and said it had more to do with the practice being indoor on artificial turf. The Bears have also general given Nichols the day off on Friday when they practice inside the Walter Payton Center.
Special teams standouts, RB Benny Cunninhgam (ankle) and CB Sherrick McManis (hamstring), who both missed last week’s game and were limited on Wednesday, practiced in full Friday for the second straight day and were also removed from the injury report.
S Deon Bush (hamstring) did not practice and is doubtful for Sunday.