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Wait and see: Bears QB Mitch Trubisky doesn’t play against the Ravens

CANTON, Ohio — Mitch Trubisky’s night was over before it even began.

As expected, Bears coach Matt Nagy played it safe with Trubisky and started backup quarterback Chase Daniel on Thursday against the Ravens at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Daniel threw two interceptions in the first quarter.

“In my opinion, it doesn’t make sense; it just doesn’t,” Nagy said after sitting Trubisky and nearly all of his starters.

“We still have a quarter of a season left to play before we play Week 1. It’s just a risk-reward deal, and it’s just too much of a risk for such a little reward.”

Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky did not play in the Hall of Fame game against the Ravens. | AP Photo

Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky did not play in the Hall of Fame game against the Ravens. | AP Photo

Trubisky might need all the work he can get in Nagy’s nuanced offense, but teams typically show and do little in exhibition games.

The Bears’ offense looked bland compared to what’s happening during practices at Olivet Nazarene University.

Trubisky’s debut in Nagy’s offense likely will come next Thursday against the Bengals in Cincinnati. But even then, he’s expected to be limited to a possession or two.

Against the Ravens, Trubisky was a captain, representing the offense during the coin toss with cornerback Kyle Fuller and running back Benny Cunningham.

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Before the game, Trubisky gathered the entire team after warmups just outside the end zone. He said a few words, raised his hand and broke the huddle before all the players returned to the locker room.

Trubisky was active on the sideline during the game. He  ran over to celebrate with Daniel and fullback Michael Burton after Burton’s touchdown catch in the first quarter.

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