It’s Chase Daniel time.
That phrase hasn’t been uttered since the 2014 season, when Daniel started started in Week 17 in place of Alex Smith, who had a lacerated spleen. Daniel led the Chiefs to a 19-7 victory, completing 16 of 27 passes for 157 yards.
Now it appears he’ll get the third career start of his career. The Chicago Bears announced on Wednesday afternoon that starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is DOUBTFUL to play after suffering a shoulder injury on Sunday night against the Minnesota Vikings.
According to an NFL Network report, if the Bears’ game against the Detroit Lions this week was on Sunday, Trubisky would likely play. But because it’s such a short turnaround, it’s looking like Daniel will get the nod.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Trubisky is dealing with limited mobility in his injured shoulder.
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
This is obviously a big break for the Lions, who have struggled to defend the pass all year. They’re currently ranked 31st in passer rating allowed, and have given up a passer rating of 100 or above in eight of 10 games this year.
Still, the Lions stand to benefit from Trubisky’s absence due to the young quarterback’s mobility. Last matchup, the Lions held Trubisky to 18 yards on three carries, including one touchdown.
Along with Trubisky, the Bears also announced that linebacker Aaron Lynch (concussion) and tight end Adam Shaheen (concussion) are OUT this week.