Such is the life of the short week in the NFL.
A shoulder bruise ended up being the final cause and if the Bears were playing on Sunday, reports state that Trubisky likely would’ve played. Alas, the holiday and terrific NFL scheduling that shows the league clearly cares about player health and safety took over for the Bears. What an exemplary league. It’s now, if only temporarily, Chase Daniel time.
In his 9.5-year career, Daniel has only started two games: both with the Chiefs in 2013 and 2014. He completed 21-of-30 passes for 200 yards and a touchdown against the Chargers in 2013, and 16-of-27 passes for 157 yards against the Chargers in 2014. Game manager numbers if I’ve ever seen them.
Daniel will be counted on to likely do the same to keep the Bears afloat in Detroit. The NFL’s second-highest paid backup was brought on not only for his mentorship, but specific situations like this. We’ll see what head coach Matt Nagy and Daniel have in store as the face of the franchise rests an ailing arm in Trubisky.
In other injury report news, Adam Shaheen and Aaron Lynch were ruled out for the Bears’ Thanksgiving game as both are dealing with concussions. Shaheen suffered his on a successful two-point conversion late against the Vikings, while Lynch missed a significant portion of the matchup overall. A big loss for the Bears in the depth pass rushing department and at tight end, respectively. At least both get two weeks before they have to play another game.
The Bears head into Detroit a little shorthanded, but certainly still capable of padding their divisional lead and working towards an NFC North division title. It’s just going to be more of a grind now on Turkey Day.
Here’s the injury report for the Lions, with the most notable being wide out Marvin Jones Jr. and running back Kerryon Johnson both listed as out.
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