Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky left the game against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday and it was an obvious immediate cause for concern. Trubisky suffered an injury early in the first quarter and after spending some time in the blue medical tent, he eventually went back to the locker room with roughly nine minutes left in the first quarter.
Trubisky’s injury appears to be a shoulder injury and looked serious immediately after it happened. As ProFootballDoc.com’s Dr. David J. Chao immediately stated after the game, he believed the injury was “significant.”
Here’s a more in-depth look at the play in which Trubisky was injured, and you can see his arm get caught behind his head as it slams on the ground following a fumble, per NFL analyst Dov Kleiman.
Obviously, if Trubisky were to miss extended time, it’d be the Chase Daniel show more than likely, who took over under center on Sunday.
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What it Means if Trubisky Misses Significant Time
While it’s far too early to tell, Trubisky spent a few minutes in the medical tent before heading back into the locker room. Bears’ backup quarterback Chase Daniel entered the game and led the Bears on a 14-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Tarik Cohen.
Daniel went 1-1 when filling in for Trubisky last season, and he is an experienced veteran whom Matt Nagy trusts. The Bears play the Oakland Raiders in London next Sunday, and then Chicago has its bye week, so if this injury is as serious as it looks, it’s likely we won’t see Trubisky again until at least after Week 6 in a best-case scenario.
Daniel is 2-2 in his career as a starter, with four touchdowns, three interceptions, and a 67.5% completion percentage heading into Sunday’s game.
How Serious is Trubisky’s Shoulder Injury?
As the team revealed shortly after the injury occurred, Trubisky has been ruled out for the remainder of Sunday’s game. This news was officially posted with just 1:43 remaining in the first quarter.
WGN’s Adam Hoge cited another tweet from the Pro Football Doc (David J. Chao), which stated that Trubisky might need surgery based on the video. On a positive note, he did state that it would not be season-ending.
It’s unclear as of yet what the severity of Trubisky’s injury is, how much time he will miss, or how it will affect the team, specifically in terms of their plan at the quarterback position. Trubisky appeared to injure his non-throwing left shoulder, which is at least somewhat of a positive, considering how major the impact of an injury to his right shoulder would obviously be.
Trubisky was seen walking around in sweats with his arm in a sling in the third quarter.
Coach Matt Nagy said postgame that he didn’t have any information on Trubisky’s injury other than it was his shoulder, and that he should know more in a day or two.