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#pounditMonday, August 10, 2020

Matt Nagy says Mitch Trubisky admitted hip injury was bothering him

Matt Nagy

Was he benched or injured? Or benched in part because he was injured? Those are the questions many are wondering about Mitch Trubisky on Sunday night.

Trubisky was replaced by Chase Daniel with over three minutes left in the Chicago Bears’ 17-7 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. The way the quarterback switch happened — Trubisky stood in the sidelines with a hat on and was not examined by doctors — led the NBC announcers to speculate he had been benched. The Bears said that Trubisky had a hip injury.

After the game, both Trubisky and Nagy spoke about the matter. Trubisky admitted his hip began bothering him late in the second quarter, tightened, and prevented him from playing the way he wanted.

Nagy said he asked for Trubisky to be honest about his hip and the quarterback finally was, leading to the change.

Here’s how Trubisky was walking after the game:

Critics often skewer coaches for leaving players in games if they’re already hurt, only to get further injured. In that sense, replacing Trubisky was prudent. In another, starting quarterbacks play through injuries all the time, and it seems like Trubisky was benched for not getting the job done. Making that change so late in a game they were likely to lose anyway was clumsy and has invited plenty of possibly unneeded criticism for an already struggling team.

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