Mitch Trubisky hurt his throwing shoulder Sunday night against the Vikings, causing enough of a concern that the Bears said he wouldn’t have practiced Monday — had the team practiced.
In accordance with NFL rules, the Bears were obligated to release a hypothetical injury report in advance of the game Thursday in Detroit. Tuesday’s practice, albeit a light one, will go further toward determining Trubisky’s status. An unprecedented quick turnaround between the Bears’ two games — the shortest game week of any team this season — could complicate matters.
It’s unclear exactly when Trubisky was first hurt in the 25-20 victory against the Vikings. He seemed to be in pain after keeping the ball on a five-yard run with 3:13 to play and the Bears up eight. Trubisky slid to give himself up at the end of the run but took a late hit from Vikings safety Harrison Smith, who was flagged for a personal foul.
Smith hit Trubisky on the top of his left shoulder, seemingly pushing his right shoulder into the Soldier Field turf. When Trubisky was helped up by teammates, he extended his left hand — not his right. TV cameras, however, showed him winking after the play, as if everything was fine.
After handing the ball off twice, Trubisky attempted one throw, an incompletion toward running back Tarik Cohen, before Cody Parkey made a 48-yard field goal to put the Bears up by 11. Trubisky took the team’s last two snaps, both kneel-downs, and spoke to the media after the game. The Bears typically keep injured players off-limits.
Were Trubisky unable to play, backup Chase Daniel would take his place. He has two career starts and has thrown only three regular-season passes since the end of the 2014 season.
Trubisky ran 10 times for 43 yards against Minnesota. He has run 51 times for 363 yards; only four quarterbacks can claim more carries. It was the first time in Trubisky’s career that he was listed on the team’s injury report. While a hypothetical missed practice doesn’t sound the alarm bells, a quarterback’s throwing shoulder is no small concern.
Earlier Monday, coach Matt Nagy gave no indication that Trubisky was hampered. Addressing injuries, he said “nothing’s changed” since his postgame address in which he didn’t mention Trubisky’s health.
Nagy and Trubisky are scheduled to speak to the media Tuesday.
Since making his debut in the Bears’ fifth game last year, Trubisky has not missed a snap because of a medical issue. To keep that streak alive, he’ll have to survive the Bears’ sprint to Thursday’s 11:30 a.m. game. From Sunday’s final gun, the Bears had 85 hours and five minutes to prepare for the Lions, give or take a commercial break. For context: The Bears had 70 hours and 17 minutes between the end of last week’s game until the start of their first practice.
Players reported to Halas Hall on Monday afternoon for treatment and classroom work. They won’t even review the film of Sunday’s win. Coaches will save it for the weekend, when the Bears have, in Nagy’s words, a “mini-bye.” The focus, Nagy said, is physical recovery.
“The No. 1 thing is to make sure these guys are taken care of, see where they’re at physically — and then mentally, they’ll be good,” Nagy said. “But really just send home the message of ‘Here we go.’ It’s right back at it.”
Outside linebacker Khalil Mack said the short week was no chore.
“It’s not a strain — it’s part of the job,” he said. “Our job is to get ready and go out there and get a win.”