Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky Doubtful Against Lions

November 21, 2018 - 11:57 am
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(670 The Score) The Bears have ruled quarterback Mitchell Trubisky doubtful to play against the Lions on Thursday. Backup Chase Daniel would start in place of Trubisky, who is dealing with an injury to his right throwing shoulder.

Trubisky suffered the injury late in the fourth quarter of a 25-20 win against the Vikings at Soldier Field on Sunday when he took a hit from safety Harrison Smith that pinned his throwing arm against the ground. He went in for medical evaluation Monday afternoon and was officially listed as not practicing Monday or Tuesday, though both were hypotheticals as the Bears didn't practice in full either day.

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Trubisky was presesnt during the Bears' walk-through Tuesday but wasn't seen throwing a football during the portion of practice open to the media. He didn't have his right arm in a sling or showcase any kind of protective measures.

However, coach Matt Nagy indicated the Bears would be cautious with the 24-year-old Trubisky.

"I’m staying cautiously optimistic, but I can’t make any promises," Nagy said Tuesday as he looked toward Trubisky's status for Thursday. "I hope he does. But it’s a day-to-day thing for us, like I said. He wants to play. I know that. And for us, but we got to make sure in these situations that we’re doing the right thing.

"This is one of the reasons why (Daniel is) here. If we get in a situation like this where we have to make a decision one way or the other, this is why you have a guy like Chase. You feel very comfortable with him."

A 10-year NFL veteran, Daniel has played in parts of 60 games but started only twice in his career. He's 51-of-78 for 480 yards, one touchdown and one interception. 

Daniel indicated Tuesday nothing changes for him knowing he could start. He has embraced his career role as a backup and stayed ready. 

"I really haven't changed the way I prepared," Daniel said. "I prepare like a starter every week. For me, it's just another game."

With Trubisky ailing, third-string quarterback Tyler Bray will likely be promoted from the Bears' practice squad to the active roster sometime Wednesday ahead of the 3 p.m. CT deadline to make that move. A corresponding move would have to be made regarding another player on the 53-man roster.

The Bears officially ruled out tight end Adam Shaheen and outside linebacker Aaron Lynch for Thursday's game as both remain in the concussion protocol. 

Kickoff between the Bears (7-3) and Lions (4-6) comes at 11:30 a.m. CT from Ford Field in Detroit.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.​​