Bernstein: Sitting Mitchell Trubisky Is The Right Move

November 20, 2018 - 2:03 pm

(670 The Score) We don't know just how hurt Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is, but it would seem that in this case, discretion is the better part of valor.

Trubisky wouldn't have practiced Monday had the Bears done on-field work and was held out again Tuesday, dealing with pain in his throwing shoulder after absorbing a penalized late hit from Vikings safety Harrison Smith after a scramble late in Chicago's 25-20 win Sunday night. All of his running downfield was fun while it lasted, as it always is until this inevitability arrives.

Bears coach Matt Nagy was cagey in his explanations to reporters and projections for Trubisky's availability in Detroit on Thursday, and the hope here is that is was perfunctory gamesmanship, merely forcing Lions counterpart Matt Patricia to allot more of his schedule-truncated practice time to prepare for multiple possibilities. Backup quarterback Chase Daniel can play well enough -- at least in theory, here -- and Trubisky gets two weeks of downtime to get right for the rest of it in a season that suddenly matters.

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General manager Ryan Pace has constructed a roster that should be deep and strong enough to get through a game against a lesser and lightly rested opponent, and Nagy's ability to scheme receivers open has earned the benefit of the doubt for now.

Count this as one of the luxuries of being a good team ahead of schedule and playing with some house money in the standings, the opportunity to not have to act rashly at the expense of the larger picture. Nagy sounded like he was preparing us for the strong possibility of a Daniel start, most specifically when he linked the Bears' thought process to that regarding two other star players already hurt this year.

"This to me is going to be similar, cautiously, the same way as Khalil (Mack) and Allen (Robinson)," Nagy said. 

Both of those players were held out in consecutive weeks against the Jets and Bills, with the Bears betting correctly that they could notch wins regardless. It also matters that Nagy has already referred to the upcoming extended break as a "mini-bye."

On a short week already hard enough on them, the sensible move is to trust that the rest of the Bears can handle business while their quarterback heals up.

Dan Bernstein is a co-host of 670 The Score’s Bernstein & McKnight Show in middays. You can follow him on Twitter @dan_bernstein.​​