Trubisky (shoulder) practiced in full capacity Friday for the third straight day and will reclaim his starting role Sunday against the Rams, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Coming off a two-game absence due to the sprained throwing shoulder, Trubisky's ability to take every rep in practice this week erased any concern about his availability for a matchup with two of the NFC's top squads. Chase Daniel, who led the Bears to a 1-1 record while Trubisky was sidelined, will settle back into the No. 2 role, while the third quarterback on the depth chart, Tyler Bray, could soon be a roster casualty. Prior to getting hurt, Trubisky had made major strides in his second season with a 65.4 percent completion rate, 7.7 yards per attempt and a 20:9 TD:INT while also offering value on the ground (363 rushing yards and three touchdowns). It's possible the Bears will encourage Trubisky to limit his scrambling and exposure to contact down the stretch to keep his throwing arm in optimal condition.
Trubisky (shoulder) was a full participant at Wednesday's practice.
Trubisky backed up his confidence about the health of his throwing shoulder as well as coach Matt Nagy's optimism, kicking off the week without any limitations at practice. The 24-year-old quarterback is on track to return from a two-week absence for Sunday's home game against the Rams. Only four teams have given up more passing touchdowns (26) and only five have allowed more yards per pass attempt (8.0), but the Rams defense has more than held its own against signal-callers not named Brees or Mahomes.
Trubisky said his "arm feels really good" and his right throwing shoulder is "ahead of schedule," Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
After Matt Nagy relayed his expectation that Trubisky will return Sunday versus the Rams, the quarterback agreed with his boss, saying he "just has to show coach." Trubisky added he's "throwing as much" as the training staff is allowing him to with the intention to start this weekend. In the end, though, his activity level in practice will determine whether an appearance is possible. If Trubisky doesn't prove himself ready to play, Chase Daniel will be under center for a third consecutive game Sunday.
Coach Matt Nagy believes Trubisky (shoulder) will return Sunday against the Rams, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com reports.
During media availability Wednesday, Nagy said Trubisky has been "throwing the ball well," according to Dickerson. Nagy added that Trubisky will have to look good in practice in order to make his first appearance since Week 11, so his activity level will be monitored closely to learn whether a return is possible. Chase Daniel would earn another start if Trubisky is unable to prove the health of his right throwing shoulder.
Coach Matt Nagy said after Sunday's 30-27 loss to the Giants that Trubisky is showing improvement and remains day-to-day, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.
As Trubisky continues with his recovery from what is thought to be an AC joint sprain in his right shoulder, Nagy's comments come two days removed from the second-year signal-caller resuming light throwing. In Trubisky's stead, Chase Daniel has led the Bears to a 1-1 record on the backs of 515 yards passing and three touchdowns versus two interceptions. With a Week 14 showdown against the NFC-leading Rams on tap, the Bears ideally want to the more-trusted option under center in Trubisky. His progress in the coming days will determine who will be directing the Bears offense next Sunday night.
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