Mitchell Trubisky ‘Doubtful’ to Play vs. Raiders, Report Says

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2019-09-30 12:39:46

With the Chicago Bears set to travel to London for this Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders, the team is operating on a bit of an expedited schedule when it comes to the health of quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

Trubisky suffered a left shoulder injury in the first quarter of Sunday’s win over the Minnesota Vikings, and head coach Matt Nagy didn’t have many new details when discussing the ailment after the game.

“I haven’t found out a whole lot other than it’s his shoulder, so I’ll know more here probably the next day or two,” he said after the game. “Hopefully a day. We’ll see how all that goes.”

Nagy did say that he didn’t believe the injury would be season-ending, but with the Bears aiming to make the postseason for a second consecutive year, an extended absence from Trubisky would be less than ideal.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Trubisky is undregoing testing on that shoulder Monday morning, and it’s “doubtful” that he will play against the Raiders. 

“The team will learn today if he’s able to come back after the bye and what his timetable is,” Rapoport said. 

Quarterback Chase Daniel did play well for the Bears in Trubisky’s absence, but in similar circumstances last season, he struggled in follow-up games. He threw for two touchdowns and 230 yards against the Detroit Lions in a Thanksgiving showdown last season, but then followed it up by throwing two interceptions in a loss to the New York Giants the following week.

In the short-term, the Bears would likely just stick with Daniel as the starter and likely sign quarterback Tyler Bray from the practice squad due to his familiarity with the offense. The team does have a bye week after their game against the Raiders, potentially giving Trubisky time to heal and for the club to seek a more experienced option at back-up quarterback should Trubisky’s injury recovery necessitate it.

Nagy is expected to give media an update on Trubisky’s condition during a press availability at Halas Hall on Monday.  

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