NFL NOTES Trubisky expected to return
CHICAGO — Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky is expected to start Sunday night against the Rams after coach Matt Nagy was pleased by how Trubisky performed in Wednesday’s practice.
Trubisky has missed the past two games with a right shoulder injury he suffered Nov. 18.
“He was throwing the ball strong,” Nagy said Thursday morning before practice. “He felt good. That’s what I was hoping for.”
Remaining suspense about Trubisky’s status ended late Wednesday afternoon when the Bears announced he was a full participant in practice. He resumed throwing late last week, building toward Wednesday’s practice, which marked the start of onfield preparations for Sunday night’s game against the NFCleading Rams (11-1).
Now, it is important for Trubisky to settle back into his routine and re-establish his comfort with and command of the offense.
“It’s easy to jump back onto it,” Nagy said. “Everyone’s so focused on the physical side, but there’s a lot of other parts of it, too. The intangibles of being a leader in the huddle. What you’re like in the classroom. He has been good with all of that.” to NFL.com.
Benjamin was released by the Bills on Tuesday and went unclaimed on waivers.
This season with Buffalo, Benjamin caught just 23 passes while being targeted 62 times. He logged 354 receiving yards in 12 games.
Giants: Safety Landon Collins was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.
Collins was hurt Sunday against the Bears and will need surgery to repair a partially torn labrum.
The Giants signed defensive back Kenny Ladler off their practice squad to fill the roster spot. He had six special teams tackles with the Redskins this season before Washington released him on Nov. 6.
“Considering the opponent, where we were in the playoffs,” he said. “I think most people thought we were the underdog.”
Now Goochland heads to the Class 2 state championship game in an enviable position. The Bulldogs’ defense has been the strength of the team all year long, and the offense is performing better now than it has all season.
Goochland faces Graham (131), another school with a highpowered offense. Its quarterback, Cam Allen, is 6-foot-2 and has committed to play for Purdue as a defensive back. He has accounted for 56 touchdowns and more than 4,000 yards of offense this year.
Another big day from the Goochland running game might be required for the Bulldogs to keep up.
Goochland operates the wingT, a run-first offense that puts multiple ball carriers on the field at once. The idea is to keep the defense guessing about which direction the ball is headed.
On Saturday against East Rockingham, it wasn’t so much misdirection as it was brute force that moved Goochland across the field. The Bulldogs’ best play was the wedge, where the ball is given to the fullback, who runs straight up the middle.
“We gave them a lot of different looks and ran the same play,” Fruth said. “We just kept hitting them and hitting them and hitting them.
“It’s as old school as old school gets,” he added.
Fruth also threw a twist into the offense. He moved quarterback Devin McCray to wingback for some plays. McCray is perhaps the best athlete on the offense, and in some ways, he’s too good to play quarterback in the wing-T.
When he rushes the ball as the quarterback, the offense is fairly predictable. The quarterback always starts with the ball, and if he does most of the carries, he never hands off or pitches it, and there’s not much confusion involved. If McCray lines up at wingback, the offense adds a layer of misdirection.
“There’s a lot more eye candy with him as wingback,” Fruth said.
Popielarz is the team’s leading rusher with 695 yards. But McCray (572 yards) leads the team in carries (118) and touchdowns (16). Together, they rushed for 285 yards on Saturday. That’s far more than what the entire team averaged this season: 210.
But when Goochland needed it the most, its offense showed up.
Goochland freshman C.J. Towles had seven carries for 28 yards in last Saturday’s state semifinal victory against East Rockingham.