Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network is reporting that the shoulder injury which kept quarterback Mitchell Trubisky off the field last week could also keep him out this Sunday.
Despite #Bears QB Mitch Trubisky (shoulder) returning to practice yesterday, the team is planning for him to sit this week in favor of Chase Daniel once again, sources say. No surprise, given Matt Nagy’s comments. Trubisky could play right now but team wants to play it safe.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) November 29, 2018
Daniel played well for the Bears in their Thanksgiving win over the Detroit Lions, completing 73 percent of his passes for 230 yards and a pair of touchdowns. That was higher completion percentage than Trubisky’s 65.4 percent, though it was roughly on par with his 246 yards per game. Trubisky has thrown 20 touchdowns to 9 interceptions on the season.
The biggest difference with Trubisky sidelined is the drop-off in athleticism at the quarterback position. Trubisky has run 51 times for 363 yards and 3 touchdowns on the season. His ability to run, both to hurt the defense and to evade pass rushers and extend plays, is a definite loss for the Bears’ offense. Daniel was sacked four times by the Lions last week.
Of course, for this to count as an actual “break” for the Giants, they will need to be able to move the ball and score on the Bears’ defense — which is another matter entirely.