Chicago Bears Coach Matt Nagy provided an update on backup quarterback Mitch Trubisky.
Mitch Trubisky injured his throwing shoulder on a Wildcat play where he rushed for 3 yards in the Bears’ Week 8 loss to the New Orleans Saints.
Nagy’s words didn’t enlighten us on the specifics of the injury.
“He’s rehabbing things. It’s unfortunate and I know he’s bummed out.”
Nagy stated Trubisky would not need surgery and would not be placed on injured reserve.
His status would be on a week to week basis.
But it sounds like those statements could be subject to change.
No decision on surgery yet for the injury that affected both his labrum and rotator cuff. https://t.co/zcfWtHs2jO
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 5, 2020
When asked about Trubisky’s visit to the LA doctor, Nagy said:
“He was out there getting a second opinion. We’ll be working through that. And that kind of goes hand in hand with knowing where we see him as far as the upcoming games and the season. I’m sure he’s got a lot going through his mind as to where he’s at, and that’s something we’ve got to definitely look into.”
Trubisky’s Shoulder Injuries
This is the third shoulder injury for Mitch Trubisky.
In 2018, Trubisky missed 2 games after suffering an injury to his throwing shoulder in the Week 11 Minnesota Vikings game.
During the 2019 season, he injured his non-throwing shoulder also against the Vikings.
He missed the following game leading up to the Bears’ bye week.
Recall that the Bears started 2020 with Mitch Trubisky as the starting quarterback.
He was benched in favor of Nick Foles who provided a spark to the team.
However, the Bears are now in the midst of a 3 game losing streak after losing to the Tennessee Titans in Week 9.
Prior to the Titans game, there were calls among media and fans to put Trubisky back in the starting role.
Former NFL QB Dan Orlovsky: "Bears need to go back to Mitch Trubisky."
Former NFL safety Ryan Clark: "This is not working" with Foles."
Former NFL HC Rex Ryan: "Foles is not a starting QB. This was a mistake. You benched Mitch Trubisky when he was 3-0."
(Via ESPN's Get Up)
— Daniel Greenberg (@ChiSportUpdates) November 2, 2020
Coach Nagy had plans to use Trubisky in a manner similar to how the New Orleans Saints utilize Taysom Hill.
It appears those plans will not come to fruition.
Trubisky vs. Foles
Though Foles has struggled of late, he has been the starting quarterback during the more difficult stretch of the Bears’ 2020 schedule.
Whereas Trubisky was involved in the wins against the Lions, Giants, and Falcons, Foles has dealt with the likes of Tampa Bay, New Orleans, and the aforementioned Titans.
Injury and miscommunication have been mainstays for Foles to deal with, but he remains optimistic
“I think it’s just rhythm, tempo, all the little things in football that we’re figuring out. There’s are a lot of new pieces here whether it be coaches or players that we’re working the bond together and figuring out this as a unit.”
Despite the Bears recent losing streak, the team is very much in the NFC North divisional race.
At 5-4, they are 1 game behind the 6-3 Green Bay Packers.
They have 2 upcoming games with the Packers on November 29 and January 3.
Also, they meet divisional rival Minnesota (currently at 3-5) 2 times yet this season on November 16 and December 20.
With all of these key divisional matchups ahead, the Bears need to work out their offensive issues with or without Trubisky.