Bears' Mitchell Trubisky Back From Injury At Full Form

December 05, 2018 - 12:28 pm

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) -- Even when he was sidelined by a right shoulder injury for two games and two weeks of practice, Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky refused to remain on the sidelines.

When the team's medical staff forced Trubisky to sit out of practice in the aftermath of suffering his injury on Nov. 18, he still wore a uniform and joined for warmups inside the Walter Payton Center with his teammates. Unable to throw a week later, Trubisky strapped on his helmet and served as a well-paid ball boy for his fellow Bears quarterbacks.

"I definitely want to be out there for my team," Trubisky said last week, his sentiments clear.

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After two weeks of concern and caution inside Halas Hall, Trubisky took the practice field Wednesday and looked like himself. He took snaps and threw passes with zip on them and comfort in his right shoulder.

The Bears officially listed Trubisky as a full participant in practice as he passed the final hurdle. Barring a setback, Trubisky is in line to start when the Bears (8-4) host the Rams (11-1) on Sunday night. 

Coach Matt Nagy wanted to confirm with his own eyes that Trubisky could operate at 100 percent, while Trubisky himself said before practice Wednesday that he looked forward to proving that. 

Behind the precautionary measures was a Bears organization looking to ensure it didn't put the 24-year-old centerpiece of their offense in jeopardy of a season-ending injury that derails their playoff hopes.

"As much as the players want to play, I get it," said Nagy, a former Arena League quarterback. "As much as we want them to play, yeah, we have to make sure that we're making the right decision."

Trubisky hadn't thrown a football in practice until last Friday, which marked an important step in his progress. He threw again Sunday morning ahead of the Bears' loss to the Giants at MetLife Stadium, a game in which backup quarterback Chase Daniel struggled in leading the offense. 

Daniel was 53-of-76 for 515 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in his two starts. Trubisky is 210-of- 321 for 2,469 yards, 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions in the 10 games he played this season before his first NFL injury.

With the Bears looking for a winning or tying drive in overtime Sunday, Daniel fumbled three times, and the offense turned it over on downs to end the game. 

Watching it all from the sidelines was difficult for Trubisky.

"I need to be back out there with my guys," Trubisky said. "So, it made me even more motivated to get back out there, work even harder, do as much treatment as possible. I’m very motivated and very excited to get back out there this week.

"The bottom line for me is I want to be out there playing with those guys. Being out there calling the shots, making the plays and just having fun."

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.​​