Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans due to a right shoulder injury. However, coach Matt Nagy said the team will not place Trubisky on injured reserve.
A trip to IR would've knocked Trubisky out for at least three weeks. By not sending him to IR, the Bears seem to think they'll have their backup quarterback healthy sooner than that.
Nagy confirmed Thursday that Trubisky was in California to see a specialist about his shoulder. Trubisky entered Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints for one play, and was tackled into the ground on a three-yard run. His shoulder bothered him more and more as the day wore on.
"He’s been doing everything he possibly can to be a great teammate," Nagy said Friday. "We’ll talk through all that. We’ll make the best decision. I know this, he’s one of the toughest players I’ve been around. He’s super tough."
Trubisky will continue his rehab in Chicago and is considered week-to-week at this point. Nagy said the injury, as he understands it, is less severe than the 2018 injury on the same shoulder, which knocked Trubisky out for two games.
"For one play, for him to come in and try to help the team and unfortunately have that happen, there’s a lot of different ways you can look at it," Nagy said. "I’m going to continue to go back to this and say this about Mitchell: He is a kid that does everything he possibly can and cares a lot about this game and about his teammates."
The Bears are expected to move practice squad quarterback Tyler Bray onto the active roster prior to Sunday's game to fill in as Nick Foles' backup.
The Bears have tryouts with free agent quarterbacks Jake Rudock and Kyle Sloter, but the league currently has a six-day process for teams to bring in free agents due to the coronavirus. So even if the Bears sign another quarterback, he wouldn’t be available by Sunday.
If Trubisky isn't going to IR, it's doubtful the Bears would sign another quarterback anyway.
It has been an unusual week for the Bears, who canceled practice Thursday due to a positive COVID-19 test.