Plenty in re­serve

Post Tribune (Sunday) - - Sports - By Colleen Kane Chicago Tri­bune

Mitch Tru­bisky re­sumed throw­ing in prac­tice Fri­day for the first time since he in­jured his right shoul­der Nov. 18, but that doesn’t mean the Bears quar­ter­back is ready to re­turn to game ac­tion Sun­day against the Giants at MetLife Sta­dium.

The Bears listed Tru­bisky as doubt­ful to play in the game, mak­ing it likely backup Chase Daniel will start his sec­ond straight game.

Coach Matt Nagy said Tru­bisky threw only to re­ceivers dur­ing the in­di­vid­ual por­tion of drills and not dur­ing full team work, but it was enough to make Nagy feel like the “ar­row’s up” on his re­cov­ery.

“It was enough to com­mu­ni­cate with him,” Nagy said. “Giv­ing him an op­por­tu­nity to throw to­day and see where he's at and how he feels was the right thing to do to­day.”

Daniel is in line to make his fourth ca­reer start in 10 sea­sons. He com­pleted 27 of 37 passes for 230 yards with two touch­downs and no turnovers in a 23-16 vic­tory over the Lions last week, and that was with­out tak­ing any full-speed prac­tice reps. He’ll have a full week of prac­tice un­der his belt this time.

“For any­body — it doesn't mat­ter who you are, as much as you know the of­fense or don't know the of­fense — when you have reps and tim­ing and throws it's go­ing to def­i­nitely help you out,” Nagy said.

Tru­bisky said Thurs­day that he is try­ing to ex­er­cise pa­tience and as­sist Daniel with prepa­ra­tion while he waits out his re­cov­ery.

“I def­i­nitely want to be out there for my team,” Tru­bisky said. “But in the mean­time, I'm just try­ing to help in any sin­gle way I can. When I'm not out there, I think my team­mates are still look­ing at me be­cause I'm a leader on this team. I just try to get them go­ing, help in any way I pos­si­bly can.”

The Bears listed de­fen­sive line­men Akiem Hicks (Achilles ten­don) and Bi­lal Ni­chols (knee) as ques­tion­able. Hicks prac­ticed in full for the first time this week af­ter miss­ing Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day.

Nagy said he is con­fi­dent in where Hicks is with his in­jury.

“I go back to it’s more of a pre­cau­tion­ary thing,” he said. “It’s not sig­nif­i­cant.”

Run­ning back

Benny Cunningham (an­kle) and cor­ner­back Sher­rick McMa­nis (ham­string) also are doubt­ful.

JOHN J. KIM/CHICAGO TRI­BUNE

Chase Daniel threw two touch­down passes in the Bears’ Thanks­giv­ing vic­tory over the Lions.

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