Nagy on Tru­bisky: No hold­ing back vs. Rams

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Mitch Tru­bisky is back.

Af­ter miss­ing two games with a sprained shoul­der, the Bears’ sec­ond-year quar­ter­back had full par­tic­i­pa­tion in prac­tice Fri­day and is ex­pected to start in a mar­quee na­tion­ally tele­vised game against the 11-1 Rams on Sun­day night at Sol­dier Field.

And while the in­ten­tion is for Tru­bisky to be a lit­tle more ju­di­cious about run­ning and slid­ing and avoid­ing the kind of hits — both late and le­gal — that caused the in­jury, coach Matt Nagy made it clear he will not be hold­ing any­thing back. He goes in with no trep­i­da­tion.

“It’s com­plete ex­cite­ment,” Nagy said. “There’s times within your play-calls or what you do schemat­i­cally that you might pull back on cer­tain things here or there. But when we de­cide to fi­nally go with who­ever in what­ever po­si­tion, then that’s it. We go. There’s no ques­tion­ing. We go with it. For the most part, we’re not pulling back in any re­gard.”

Tru­bisky’s avail­abil­ity high­lighted yet an­other good week for the Bears health­wise. Safety Ed­die Jack­son did not prac­tice to rest a sore shin on the in­door turf at the Pay­ton Cen­ter. He’s listed as ques­tion­able but is ex­pected to play against the Rams.

“Noth­ing ma­jor there at all,” Nagy said. “It’s com­pletely just the turf.”

Rookie de­fen­sive tackle Bi­lal Ni­chols (knee) had lim­ited par­tic­i­pa­tion and also is ques­tion­able. Re­serve safety Deon Bush (ham­string) did not prac­tice and is doubt­ful.

Tru­bisky has not played since fin­ish­ing a 25-20 vic­tory over the Vik­ings on Nov. 18 at Sol­dier Field. He sprained his right shoul­der on a late hit by Vik­ings safety Har­ri­son Smith af­ter slid­ing awk­wardly at the end of a four-yard run. The Bears beat the Lions 23-16 at Ford Field and lost to the Gi­ants 30-27 in over­time at MetLife Sta­dium with Chase Daniel at quar­ter­back.

But Tru­bisky proved to Nagy he’s ready to go, par­tic­i­pat­ing fully in prac­tice Wed­nes­day, Thurs­day and Fri­day.

“He put to­gether three re­ally good days,” Nagy said. “I thought the ve­loc­ity on his throws was good. His de­ci­sion­mak­ing, just get­ting in and out of the huddle — that part was easy. The main thing was, see­ing con­di­tion­ing-wise, be­ing able to see [whether] he can hold up with that, and he did.”

It re­mains to be seen how well Tru­bisky will be able to han­dle a game­speed hit. All Nagy can do is ad­vise Tru­bisky on not putting him­self at any more risk than he has to.

“De­ci­sion-mak­ing-wise, whether there’s an in­jury or no in­jury, we talk through that stuff,” Nagy said. “Dow­nand-dis­tance; reach­ing the ball out; when do you sac­ri­fice your body and your health vs. not.”


Mitch Tru­bisky, who will start Sun­day night against the Rams, has not played since Nov. 18. The Bears went 1-1 with­out him.

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