Ping-pong, game’s on — Do Mitch Trubisky’s swings bode well for Bears practice?
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Mitch Trubisky’s right shoulder felt good enough for him to throw before Sunday’s game — and to fire pingpong balls off his paddle Monday.
The Bears quarterback took part in game night Monday at backup Chase Daniel’s house. In an Instagram story posted by receiver Josh Bellamy, Trubisky takes a few vicious forehand cuts while playing pingpong against cornerback Prince Amukamara.
That kind of shoulder movement bodes well for Trubisky to practice Wednesday as the Bears prepare to face the Rams on Sunday night.
Amukamara laughed Tuesday when asked how Trubisky fared, considering he missed two games with a shoulder injury.
“It’s no secret — we all know that Mitch was throwing, right?” he said. “And it’s not my responsibility to comment on injuries, but Mitch is a great pingpong player. I thought I was gonna lose.”
He didn’t. Amukamara said he went undefeated.
Coach Matt Nagy said Monday he hoped Trubisky would practice Wednesday. Nagy has been vague about details, though, since Trubisky’s right shoulder was driven into the Soldier Field turf by the Vikings’ Harrison Smith on Nov. 18.
Trubisky was technically limited in practice all three days last week, but he wasn’t cleared to throw until Friday.
Running back Tarik Cohen said Trubisky’s teammates expect him to be himself when he returns.
“The same things he’s been bringing the other games,” Cohen said. “His playmaking ability, scrambling outside the pocket, his raw talent.”