In a lackluster offensive performance this past weekend, the Chicago Bears were dealt a significant injury with the loss of quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. The Bears pulled off the surprising victory over the struggling Minnesota Vikings and Kirk Cousins, but they had to do it with backup Chase Daniel.
Trubisky left Sunday’s Week 4 game with an injury to his non-throwing shoulder and didn’t return. He was trying to elude Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter, who sacked him and forced a fumble. The fumble was negated after a defensive penalty, but the effects of the sack weren’t. The landing was admittedly awkward, and the sophomore quarterback looked to be in a great deal of pain.
Mitchell Trubisky will miss the rest of today's game with this nasty shoulder injury.
— 12up (@12upSport) September 29, 2019
After the game, head coach Matt Nagy spoke to the media but was not able to provide much more information. He was admittedly frustrated, with Trubisky apparently heading in the right direction after a rough beginning of the season.
“That part is frustrating because [Trubisky] had a really good week of practice, and every week he’s so excited to get back at it and really get this thing going,” Nagy said. “And so it’s — it happens early on, and now here he is, he’s out. . . . He’s out of the game and now he knows that we’ve got to just see where it’s at.”
Fans of the Bears might find this to be an all too familiar situation. Last season, also against the Vikings, Trubisky went down with a right shoulder injury. This time around, it is being reported that he suffered a dislocated shoulder with a slight tear in his labrum. He does not require surgery but is out indefinitely.
ESPN reports Bears QB Mitch Trubisky has a dislocated L shoulder & slightly torn labrum. Not expected to be a long-term injury, but doubtful he'll play vs. Raiders. Looks like Chase Daniel goes again.
— Jason Lieser (@JasonLieser) September 30, 2019
In the absence of Trubisky, Daniel looked quite serviceable. He came in and didn’t miss a beat. He was efficient and the Bears’ offense looked more crisp against a Vikings defense that isn’t exactly an easy unit to play against. Daniel completed 22-of-30 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown for a 101.4 passer rating.
Unfortunately for the Bears, Daniel was able to do the same thing last year when taking over for the injured quarterback. However, his success did not last long. When defenses began scheming for him, Daniel’s play was less than spectacular. He is a short term answer, but if Trubisky is to miss significant time then the team could be in trouble. Luckily, they still have an all-world defense that they can rely on.
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