Bears remain uncertain of Mitchell Trubisky’s status for Week 13
Mitchell Trubisky may miss a second consecutive game due to a shoulder injury when the Chicago Bears face the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.
Bears head coach Matt Nagy revealed this week during an appearance on the “RapSheet and Friends Podcast” that the team is taking a day-to-day approach with Trubisky. The second-year signal-caller originally suffered the shoulder injury in a win over the Minnesota Vikings in Week 11.
“We don’t,” Nagy said, via NFL.com. “It will be one of those day-to-days for us as we go. We need to know each day where he’s at. We kind of went through the same type of thing with Khalil [Mack] and Allen Robinson several weeks ago. It’s just hard because these guys want to be out there and they want to play but sometimes we need to protect the player from the player. And they ultimately understand that, so we’ll just go day-by-day, we’ll have them both ready and we’ll see where it takes us.”
Nagy may have tipped the Bears’ hand a bit given how both Mack and Robinson were held out of games due to lingering injuries. The fact that the Bears face a reeling Giants team playing out the string of an awful season may make the decision to have Chase Daniel make another start that much easier.
Daniel, after all, led the Bears to a 23-16 victory over the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving, performing adequately in the process.
Nagy added Trubisky is “doing well” and “improving every day” while stressing that the quarterback “wants to be out there” playing for a team that has surprised many this season. Nagy added it’s the team’s responsibility to “do the right thing” for Trubisky, and that includes keeping him out to avoid risking further injury.
The Bears (8-3) boast the lead in the NFC North and have every reason to be eyeing the postseason at this point. While nothing is certain, the notion that the Bears would hold out Trubisky until he’s fully healthy seems much more reasonable given the team’s favorable position in the standings.