Signs point toward Mitchell Trubisky starting for Bears against Packers

Trubisky took the first-team reps at practice Wednesday as Nick Foles remained sidelined.
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By 670 The Score

(670 The Score) The Bears aren't yet ready to name a starting quarterback against the Packers on Sunday, but signs point toward Mitchell Trubisky returning under center.

Nearly two months after he lost his starting job and out since Nov. 1 with a right shoulder injury, Trubisky practiced in full Wednesday afternoon and took the Bears' full load of first-team snaps. Veteran quarterback Nick Foles, the Bears' starter over the last seven games, remained sidelined due to a hip injury that he suffered in a loss on Nov. 16.

Before making a firm decision at quarterback, the Bears must first reassess the health of Foles, coach Matt Nagy said.

"There are a lot of factors involved in it right now," Nagy said. "We’re looking at all that. But for us, what we’ve got to do is we have to start with the availability."

Playing the final season of his rookie contract, Trubisky has completed 59.3% of his passes for 560 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions this season. He started the Bears' first three games of the season but was replaced by Foles in the third quarter of Chicago's game at Atlanta on Sept. 27, when Foles rallied his team to a win after facing a 16-point deficit.

Foles has completed 65% of his passes for 1,852 yards, 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions over eight games. The Bears are 2-5 when he starts. After Chicago totaled just 149 yards of offense in its 19-13 loss to Minnesota on Nov. 16, Nagy left open the possibility of going back to Trubisky at quarterback.

"He just comes to work every day focusing on getting better," Bears center Cody Whitehair said. "Whatever role he’s put in, that’s what he tries to do is just get better every day."

Trubisky had been the Bears' unquestioned starter since his rookie season of 2017 before Chicago brought in Foles as a competitor this past offseason. Trubisky won the starting job during the preseason but was replaced in the third game of the season.

Trubisky suffered a right shoulder injury on a rushing attempt on Nov. 1 in his lone play since being benched. A second opinion from respected surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache confirmed he wouldn't require surgery.

Trubisky is set to become an unrestricted free agent after this season. The final six games could define whether he returns to the Bears in 2021.

"I'm very, very impressed with how he's grown week to week," Nagy said. "I mean that. It wasn't easy by any means those first couple weeks. It was hard. It was out of place for him and for us. But he kind of got to take a step back and see where he's at. If he is going, what I would say is this -- I have all the confidence in the world in him."

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.