Thanks to a late win at the Detroit Lions and the various shortcomings of the Minnesota Vikings, the Chicago Bears have survived without their quarterback.
The Bears led the NFC North by a game-and-a-half when Trubisky injured his shoulder, and they still have the same lead in the division as Trubisky hopes to make his return.
The Bears get a great test on Sunday night against the Los Angeles Rams, and all indications on Wednesday were that Trubisky should be ready to return after a two-game absence.
Mitchell Trubisky expects to play Sunday
Words don’t mean all that much, Trubisky and Bears coach Matt Nagy can say whatever they wish. It will only matter how Trubisky’s right shoulder looks and feels during practice.
(UPDATE: More optimism, as the Bears listed Trubisky as a full participant in Wednesday’s practice)
But, the public comments are positive. Trubisky said he expects to return on Sunday, he “just has to show coach.”
“Arm feels really good. Just throwing as much as they’ll let me and taking care of it,” Trubisky said. “I’m just making sure I’m 100 percent when I get back out there.”
Nagy said he felt good about his quarterback playing against the Rams.
“I feel strong that he will play, but I’ve got to see more,” Nagy said, according to Larry Mayer of the Bears’ site. “I’m anxious to get him out there and see him throw the ball around in practice with the guys.”
Bears offense isn’t same without Trubisky
Chase Daniel has been OK, but he has shown that Trubisky is a big reason the Bears have been the NFC North’s best team this season.
Trubisky has had his ups and downs in his second season, but the Bears offense is much better with him. Trubisky has a 97.7 passer rating this season and is always a threat to make a play with his legs. Daniel is a solid backup, but there’s a reason he’s not a starter.
The Bears lost in overtime last week, though the Vikings lost too. It will be a huge challenge for Chicago to beat the Rams on Sunday night. But the challenge gets a little easier if Trubisky is back under center.
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