Chicago Bears starting quarterback Mitch Trubisky left Week 4 early with a shoulder injury, but he could return in a matter of weeks.
Thanks to a defense that completely embarrassed Minnesota Vikings high-priced signal-caller Kirk Cousins on Sunday, the Chicago Bears evened up their record to 2-2 with an ugly win.
This victory came despite a first quarter injury to starting quarterback Mitch Trubisky, who went down with a shoulder ailment after being chased out of the pocket by star edge defender Danielle Hunter.
Although the Bears received a boost from Chase Daniel, who played decently enough while successfully feeding the ball to top target Allen Robinson, it would be far from ideal for Trubisky to miss a significant period of time.
Thankfully for the Bears, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the 25-year-old quarterback will likely be back “sooner rather than later”.
Per Schefter, Trubisky does not need surgery despite dislocating his left shoulder and slightly tearing his labrum on the play. It sounds like the Bears have avoided the worst with Trubisky, but it also looks like they’ll have to start Daniel for at least one game.
Trubisky will reportedly travel with the team to London for the Week 5 tilt against the Oakland Raiders this Sunday, but he is not expected to play. Daniel will get to face a soft Raiders defense, though the Raiders, as a whole, look more dangerous this year with Derek Carr playing surprisingly solid football despite a subpar supporting cast. Oakland are coming off of a nifty Week 4 win over the Indianapolis Colts.
That said, if the elite Bears defense continues to play like they did in Week 4, they should grab a win over the Raiders. Chicago’s bye comes just in time in Week 6, because they will need Trubisky to be healthy and at his best in a key matchup against the New Orleans Saints in Week 7 that is winnable due to Drew Brees’s own injury.