Mitchell Trubisky's Status In Doubt For Thursday's Game

November 20, 2018 - 12:15 pm
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LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) -- Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is day-to-day with a right shoulder injury, and his status is uncertain for the game against the Lions on Thursday as a short turnaround looms.

Trubisky is dealing with pain in his throwing shoulder after enduring a hit from Vikings safety Harrison Smith in the fourth quarter of the Bears' win Sunday night. Trubisky met with the team training staff Monday afternoon and was placed on the injury report. The Bears didn't practice Monday, but Trubisky would've been sidelined had they done so.

Trubisky sat out of Tuesday afternoon's practice, though he was present there without a sling on his arm/shoulder. The team doesn't fear this is a long-term injury, and surgery won't be required for Trubisky, Nagy said.

"I’m staying cautiously optimistic, but I can’t make any promises," Nagy said when asked if he expects Trubisky to play Thursday. "I hope he does, but it’s a day-to-day thing for us."

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Should Trubisky be unable to play, the Bears would start backup quarterback Chase Daniel, who has played in 60 games during his NFL career but only started twice. He's 51-of-78 for 480 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Daniel does boast familiarity with the offense of Nagy, having played with his system in Kansas City. He arrived in Chicago this offseason keenly aware of his role as the backup quarterback, which is even more important this week.

"Number one is to get the starter ready to do whatever he needs to do, and number two is to be ready for when your number is called, if it's called," Daniel said of his role.

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

Said Nagy: "Whichever way we end up going, I feel good with both."

A second-year pro, Trubisky has completed 65.4 percent of his passes for 2,469 yards, 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions this season. He has also rushed 51 times for 363 yards and was particularly active with his legs Sunday, carrying 10 times for 43 yards. Now 22 starts into his career, Trubisky had never before been listed on the injury report.

The Bears (7-3) face the Lions (4-6) on Thursday in a game that kicks off 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.​​