Chicago Bears starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky suffered what turned into a heavily-debated hip injury with 30 seconds left in the second quarter of Sunday night’s game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Many questioned whether Trubisky was pulled under the guise of an injury because he had not been playing up to his usual standard. Trubisky finished 24 of 43 for 190 yards in the game, with one touchdown and one interception. He has been leading a Bears team that is in third place in the NFC North with a 4-6 record.
On Monday, head coach Matt Nagy dismissed any notion of Trubisky being sidelined for any reason other than injury.
“There’s nothing but pure honesty in all of this,” Nagy said. “Literally, everything that I just told you conversation-wise, every decision that was made, it had zero to do with his play. It was completely based off of the injury that he had [Sunday] night and where he’s at, 100 percent.”
Trubisky’s status, though, remains uncertain heading into Sunday’s game at Soldier Field.
“He’s day to day right now, so we’ll see how it goes later today,” Nagy said. “We hope he’s good, but we’ll see as we go.”
Trubisky ended up being listed as a full participant in Wednesday’s practice.
“I feel good,” Trubisky said before today’s practice. “Day by day. Take it one day at a time.”
Trubisky explained that his hip pointer injury feels like “getting a charlie horse in the quad.” The effect is that his whole body feels tight, making is more difficult to run and throw the ball.
“I wasn’t following through on a lot of my throws. I wasn’t carrying out my fakes in the run game. I was trying to move as best as I could back there. Once of the sacks that there was a penalty on, just uncharacteristic, and it just stiffened up the rest of the game.”
Trubisky explained that the flight home from Los Angeles was a particularly uncomfortable experience, made worse by the loss.
“Sitting down just made it tighter,” Trubisky said. “The flight home was miserable because of the whole experience: not finishing the game and not coming up with a win. Just looking forward to next week and trying to correct those things and start heading in a positive direction.”
Though Trubisky is admittedly not at 100 percent, Turbisky did insist that he thinks he is making improvement, saying that he feels “a lot better” than Sunday.
“Day and night,” Trubisky added.
Though Trubisky is eager to get back on the field, he also knows that he has to exercise caution.
“If I feel good, I’m going to go,” Trubisky said. “But that’s one of the things you always have to be aware of is that hits, or a weird movement can always aggravate it...If it get better one day at a time, I think I should be ok for Sunday.”
If Trubisky is not ready to go come Sunday, Bears quarterback Chase Daniel would lead the Chicago offense. Daniel has played in three games this season, including one start. He has completed 45 of 64 passing attempts for 435 yards, with three touchdowns and two interceptions.
“I’ve been with Chase for a long time, so I have a lot of confidence in Chase if that’s the case,” Nagy said. “That’s why Chase is here, for these types of situations. We’re hoping that Mitchell can go, but Chase knows his role and we feel fortunate to have Chase.”