Matt Nagy - Mitch Trubisky sat for injury, not bad play

Ruben Hill
November 19, 2019

Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy insisted Monday that he relegated Mitchell Trubisky to the bench at the end of Sunday Night Football exclusively because of injury.

Nagy on Monday credited Trubisky for his toughness and said the quarterback wanted to stay in the game - but he added that with Trubisky, sometimes he has "to protect him from himself".

Trubisky was replaced at quarterback by Chase Daniel before the Bears' offense took the field for its final drive against the Los Angeles Rams.

As for Trubisky's status for this week, Nagy said "we're working through that". They had to deal with what, on the surface, appears to be a quarterback controversy.

The Bears PR department said in the dwindling minutes that Trubisky had suffered a hip injury and was questionable to return.

Nagy said he is aware of the skepticism surrounding Trubisky's injury and the decision to remove him from Sunday night's game but told reporters that the call was only because of the injury.

Nagy informed reporters about specifics regarding Trubisky's injury (a "right hip pointer"), when it occurred (Nagy says on a sack at the end of the second quarter), and why the quarterback was ultimately pulled late in the fourth quarter ("completely based off his injury").

Nagy said the hip stiffened and became tighter, complicating things for Trubisky. Because while Nagy said the benching had "zero to do" with Trubisky's play and was all about the injury, he also laid out how the injury negatively impacted his play.

Nagy insisted that he needs to "find out more because I didn't find out the details yet from him, the play that it happened", because he didn't talk to Trubisky after the game.

Nagy said Trubisky is "absolutely" going to be the starter if he is healthy enough to play against the Giants this week.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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