The Chicago Bears returned to practice on Monday following their Week 6 bye, and they welcomed back a familiar face. Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky took part in the practice session, marking his first formal practice since dislocating his shoulder in Week 4.
The Bears face the New Orleans Saints and will release their first injury report of the week on Wednesday. Bears head coach Matt Nagy said Trubisky looked good in practice, according to beat writer Rich Campbell. Nagy would not commit to playing Trubisky on Sunday, but Campbell thinks that if Trubisky looks good this week and has no setbacks, “there’s every reason to expect MT10 will start.”
Chase Daniel came on in relief of Trubisky in Week 4 against the Minnesota Vikings and started Week 5 in London against the Oakland Raiders. He completed 22 of 30 passes in each game, for 426 total yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions. The Bears beat Minnesota and lost to Oakland.
Fantasy football analysis, Chicago Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky
Prior to the injury, Trubisky was having a hit or miss season for fantasy owners. In Week 3, he completed 80 percent of his passes for 231 yards with three touchdowns and an interception against a bad Washington team. Otherwise, his completion percentage is below 60 percent and he has no touchdowns and one interception to show for things. Additionally, a year removed from rushing for 421 yards, he had 21 yards in 3+ games.
He’s not a useful fantasy starter, but the bigger question is what his return will mean for Allen Robinson, David Montgomery, and Tarik Cohen, among others. It’s been a down year on the whole for Bears fantasy options. Things might settle down once Trubisky returns, but the bar is pretty low for expectations the rest of the year in a season of regression for the Bears quarterback.