Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was listed as doubtful on the team’s injury report Wednesday, meaning he is in danger of missing Chicago’s Thanksgiving game against the Lions.
Bears coach Matt Nagy said Tuesday that he was “cautiously optimistic” that Trubisky would play Thursday, indicating that the damage to his right (throwing) shoulder is minimal. However, the listing of “doubtful” next to his name Wednesday means that likely won’t happen.
According to ESPN.com, Trubisky woke up sore Wednesday and with less movement in the shoulder than he expected.
Mitchell Trubisky woke up sore today and with less movement in his shoulder than expected, making it likely Chase Daniel will start Thanksgiving Day vs Lions, per source. Bears could activate QB Tyler Bray today to backup Daniel, with possibility that Trubisky now will not dress.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 21, 2018
He injured the shoulder on a late hit in the Bears’ 25-20 win Sunday over the Vikings. With such a short turnaround to Thursday’s game, backup Chase Daniel likely will get the start.
It would be the third start of Daniel’s nine-season NFL career and his first since Week 17 of 2014, when he was with the Chiefs. (K.C. starter Alex Smith suffered a spleen injury, which meant Daniel was tabbed to start in the regular-season finale against the Chargers.)
In the nearly four years since, Daniel, 32, has thrown only three passes in the regular season.
Since Trubisky made his first NFL start in Week 5 of last season, he has not missed a game due to an injury. In a breakout second season, he has thrown for 2,469 yards and 20 touchdowns with nine interceptions.
Thursday’s game kicks off at 12:30 p.m. ET in Detroit.