Bears Bench Hobbled Mitchell Trubisky

What started as tightness in Trubisky's right hip turned into pain as he sat late.

Chris Emma
November 18, 2019 - 12:22 am

LOS ANGELES (670 The Score) -- Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky walked with a slight limp as he worked up a steep ramp and out of the Los Angeles Coliseum. 

His team had lost 17-7 to the Rams on Sunday night, and Trubisky was suffering from right hip pain, which caused him to be pulled for the Bears' final offensive possession. He would soon speak in a dejected tone as he addressed his uncertain future.

"They just decided, the shape I was in, I couldn't help the team the way I wanted to," Trubisky said as he hung his head postgame. "It's super disappointing."

The 25-year-old Trubisky first experienced tightness in his right hip late in the second quarter, and it became pain as the game progressed he said. Trubisky kept the pain to himself, but Bears quarterbacks coach Dave Ragone noticed late in the game that he wasn't right. Ragone told coach Matt Nagy, who pulled Trubisky aside on the sidelines.

Trubisky wanted to finish the game, but the Bears felt it was best to shut him down.

"I said, 'Listen, here's the deal,'" Nagy said. "'We got to know. You got to be honest with us with where you're at.' It was hard for him to say that. It was really hard. But he told me exactly how he felt."

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With 3:24 remaining in the, the Bears put backup quarterback Chase Daniel in for Trubisky. Receiver Taylor Gabriel didn't realize Trubisky was hurt as he entered the huddle. Cornerback Prince Amukamara was unaware from the sidelines. Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and the NBC national broadcast were left in the dark too.

The only information of Trubisky's injury came from a tweet from the Bears' public relations Twitter account, saying he was questionable to return. By that point, Nagy and the team had already decided he wasn't going back into the game.

"We needed him to be honest with us," Nagy said. "Trying to play through that was what he was doing."

Trubisky was 24-of-43 for 190 yards, a touchdown and an interception. The Bears offense struggled again, averaging a season-low 3.6 yards per play. 

What's ahead for Trubisky and the Bears is unclear. They will evaluate Monday whether the injury is serious and determine a course of action from there. But handling his status is certainly complicated.

Nagy has stood by Trubisky during his prolonged struggles and declined to bench him in favor of Daniel. The Bears were aiming to use remainder of this season to gain a more thorough evaluation of Trubisky, whom they drafted No. 2 overall in 2017. 

A lingering injury would inhibit the Bears' opportunity to further assess Trubisky, who missed the team's loss in London on Oct. 6 due to a left shoulder injury. As Trubisky has struggled with his performance, it has become apparent the Bears won't look to secure him on a long-term contract.

The benching of Trubisky late in this loss may be foreshadowing as the Bears move toward a potential quarterback change for their future.

"It just sucks," Trubisky said. "I wish I could've finished out with my guys. But they made a call they felt was best for the team."

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