It appears the injury to Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky’s left (non-throwing) shoulder could have been worse.
Trubisky is recovering from a dislocated shoulder and torn labrum, according to an ESPN report Monday, and isn’t expected to start Sunday against the Raiders in London. But Trubisky, whose injury isn’t season-ending, will make the trip overseas and might return as soon as Oct. 20 against the Saints.
Trubisky suffered the injury on the sixth play Sunday against the Vikings when he rolled left, fumbled and was tackled by defensive lineman Danielle Hunter. His left arm landed awkwardly on the ground. He was taken to the injury tent and then the locker room before returning in the second half with his left arm in a sling. Backup Chase Daniel replaced him ably, completing 22 of 30 passes for 195 yards, a touchdown and a 101.4 passer rating in the Bears’ 16-6 victory.
Coach Matt Nagy wouldn’t confirm the ESPN report, which was released minutes before his weekly news conference.
‘‘We literally are going to wait for more here as we go and just see exactly where things are at,’’ he said.
It seems, however, that the Bears dodged a bullet, even though Nagy wouldn’t say so.
‘‘Whether you believe me or not, this is the stuff that we’re going through,’’ Nagy said. ‘‘These are the meetings we have later on in the day. We talk through: ‘OK, where’s he at? Does it look like he could [play]? Could he not?’ All that stuff. . . .
‘‘We’ll make a decision on it, and it’s going to be the best for him and it’s going to be the best for our team. And whatever that is, we’re rolling. If he plays, we’ll be ready. We’ll fire up. We’re not going to change much. And if he doesn’t, we’re fine. We’re going to roll with Chase. And that’s where we’re at.’’
Sitting Trubisky on Sunday would make sense, especially because the Bears have a bye the next week. He would have exactly three weeks to recuperate before the game against the Saints.
‘‘If he’s able to go this week, then it doesn’t matter; it’ll help for just getting rest,’’ Nagy said. ‘‘If he’s not able to go, then it helps, as well. It’s time is what it is.
‘‘So as we know more here and we get some details out as to exactly what’s going on and then where he stands as far as everything goes, there’s a lot of stuff that we have to discuss together and collaborate between the doctors and training staff, us as coaches, [general manager] Ryan [Pace] and myself. Just making sure that, once we get more answers, we know 100 percent as to where he’s at.’’
Nagy wouldn’t officially rule Trubisky out for Sunday, but he said the Bears would promote practice-squad quarterback Tyler Bray if Trubisky were to miss the game. Bray served as Daniel’s backup in the two games he started last season after Trubisky hurt his right shoulder at home against the Vikings.
Nagy said tight end Trey Burton, not running back Tarik Cohen, is the Bears’ emergency quarterback.
When Trubisky returns, he figures to wear a harness to keep his left shoulder in socket. That won’t affect his throwing motion, but it won’t be comfortable, either.
‘‘It kind of feels like you’re . . . being cautious of your movements, so it doesn’t slip out [of socket] again,’’ said receiver Anthony Miller, who wore a harness for most of last season after dislocating a shoulder. ‘‘You kind of learn how to play when you have this injury.’’