The question on every Bears fan’s mind won’t be definitively answered, possibly until game day. Will Mitchell Trubisky start against the Giants Sunday?
After a nasty hit by Vikings’ Harrison Smith forced Trubisky out with a shoulder injury for last week’s Lions game, head coach Matt Nagy says he’s unaware of Trubisky pain tolerance or level right now, but Nagy says Trubisky’s shoulder does have a good range of motion and Trubisky is taking steps off the field to be ready.
“He’s done a good job at staying at all the meetings and you know, you saw him on the sideline and he was very engaged mentally there,” said Nagy. “Whatever he can do, he’ll do physically and whatever he can’t do, he’s got to really stay in mentally, and that part’s easy for him, because he just soaks it all up.”
Because Trubisky is day to day, Nagy says the Bears could decide whether or not Chase Daniel plays on Sunday that morning. Regardless, Nagy, like the rest of the team, has more than enough confidence in Daniel.
“I’ve told you this last week, I’ll tell you it again I prepare every single day like I’m the starter, whether I get the practice reps or not. My whole thing this week is take it day by day, try to grasp the game plan day by day, and just continue to grow with it,” said Daniel Wednesday.
Receiver Allen Robinson says the Bears don’t really have to make any adjustments on offense if Daniel plays in place of Trubisky. “When you see some guys stepping in for other guys in the NFL around the league, guys have to alternate the game plan, guys have to do a lot of different things and make a lot of different adjustments to what they would normally do, and for us, that’s not the case at all.”
With 10 years of experience, Daniel says he’s still growing, and it’s clear he’s going in the right direction. He didn’t throw any interceptions Thanksgiving Day against the Lions, and he did a good job leading the team.”
“We can be put in good spots when you don’t give the ball up, especially in the red zone or backed up (near their own endzone). He did that, and then credit to the other guys too for helping him out,” said Nagy.
Despite various injuries within this Chicago team, their ‘next man up’ mentality’ has continued to shine through.
“It speaks volumes of who we are personality-wise, chemistry-wise, belief-wise, confidence-wise…I feel like we’ve come a long way,” says Nagy.