Bears' Mitchell Trubisky 'Close' To 100 Percent

Barring a setback, Trubisky (shoulder) is in line to return Sunday.

Chris Emma
October 16, 2019 - 1:52 pm
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LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) -- Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is in line to return from a left shoulder injury and play against the Saints on Sunday.

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After returning in a condensed practice Monday, Trubisky worked in full Wednesday and is expected to continue that the rest of the week. The Bears will monitor his health closely, but coach Matt Nagy intends to start Trubisky if he's medically cleared for game action.

"It’s obviously pain (tolerance)," Nagy said. "And then you listen to what the doctors are saying, what the trainers are saying, what he’s saying. But if Mitch is able to play and able to go out there and play, then that means to me that physically he’s passed. He can play.

"If I get told by professionals that he’s able to play in the game, that means I’m able to use him that way."

Trubisky suffered the injury to his non-throwing shoulder just six plays into the Bears' win against the Vikings on Sept. 29, when he was hit awkwardly and his left shoulder landed hard into the Soldier Field turf. He didn't return and then missed the Bears' loss to the Raider sin London on Oct. 6, a game in which backup Chase Daniel started at quarterback.

Trubisky confirmed his left shoulder was dislocated and returned back to place on the sideline back on Sept. 29. He appeared to be wearing a harness on his left shoulder during practice Wednesday, something he anticipates moving forward. Trubisky also feels he's "close" to 100 percent.

"It's been tough," Trubisky said. "Obviously, you want to be out there with your team. But stuff happens on the field. Not being able to be out there with my guys hurt, but you try to help in any way you can. Obviously, I got to take care of business rehabbing, try to get back to show I can play.

"It's all about being smart and obviously trying to think long-term. I'm trying to have the longest career as possible. I'm going to be honest with myself and everyone else in this building. If I can go, I'm going to go. And if there's no restrictions, no holding back."

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If Trubisky is medically cleared as expected, he won't be limited at all with running the football, Nagy said.

"His legs are a huge weapon for us," Nagy said. "I'm an idiot if I take his legs away, because there are a lot of quarterbacks that don't have his legs."

The Bears will divide practice reps appropriately between Trubisky and Daniel for the chance that Trubisky isn't cleared to play. Third-string quarterback Tyler Bray was moved from the active roster to the practice squad last week in a maneuver that signaled Trubisky's return.

Now in his third season, the 25-year-old Trubisky has completed 65.1 percent of his passes for 588 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. He was coming off an efficient performance in a win at Washington on Sept. 23, when he was 25-of-31 for 231 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.

Once Trubisky returns, his challenge will be igniting the Bears' struggling offense, which ranks 30th in the NFL with only 4.5 yards per play -- ahead of only the Dolphins and Jets.

"Just go back to what I know how to do," Trubisky said. "Work as hard as you possibly can and make sure everyone’s buying into the plan. You look at the results, but you can’t dwell on those because we know what type of talent we have on offense. It comes down to cold-blooded execution. 

"I know we’ve got the right guys to do it. It’s just a matter of sticking to the process."

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Injury update: In addition to Trubisky practicing in full Wednesday, receiver Taylor Gabriel (concussion) and defensive lineman Bilal Nichols (hand) were also full participants. Guard Ted Larsen (knee) and linebacker Joel Iyiegbuniwe (hamstring) were both officially limited.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.