Trubisky inactive, so Daniel starts at QB for Chicago Bears
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- With QB Mitch Trubisky (shoulder) inactive for the second straight week, nine-year veteran Chase Daniel starts again for the Bears today against the Giants.
Unlike his first start, on Thanksgiving Day against the Lions, Daniel had the benefit of an entire week of practice with the first team in preparation for his fourth career start. Last week was Daniel’s first start since 2014. Trubisky was limited all week in practice and did not throw until Friday, and even then it was only in individual drills, not in 11-on-11 action.
Daniel posted a 106.8 passer rating vs. the Lions, completing 27 of 37 passes for 230 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.
Akiem Hicks, who leads the Bears with nine tackles for loss and 11 QB hits, is active after missing his first two practices of the season Wednesday and Thursday with an Achilles injury. The Bears, who listed Hicks as questionable, said he was held out for precautionary reasons prior to returning in full on Friday and getting the green light against the Giants.
In addition to Trubisky, RB Benny Cunningham (ankle) and CB Sherrick McManis (hamstring) are inactive for the Bears. Both special teams standouts did not travel with the team Saturday. McManis is tied for the team lead with four special teams tackles, and Cunningham is tied for fourth with two. The six-year veteran running back also leads the team with eight kickoff returns and 173 yards for a 21.6-yard average.
Also inactive for the Bears are WRs Kevin White and Javon Wims, OL Rashaad Coward and DL Nick Williams.
The Giants’ inactives are TE Evan Engram, QB Alex Tanney, DB Kamrin Moore, LBs Lorenzo Carter and B.J. Goodson, C Evan Brown and DL John Jenkins.