Rapoport added Stafford hasn’t been ruled out yet. As Rapoport noted, Stafford is tough but has played through a lot this year and in his career. However, he was in a ton of pain last night after his rib injury, according to the tweet. Daniel would step in if Stafford can't play.
Pelissero said they’ll take the week to see how Stafford throws the ball. But, as Pelissero added, Stafford is tough as they come and the expectation is he starts Sunday against the Panthers. If he can't, Daniel would be next up.
The Mitchell Trubisky era in Chicago has been experiencing what appears to be a slow and painful death throughout the 2019 season, with the latest medical diagnosis raising a huge question mark on why the quarterback was benched by head coach Matt Nagy near the end of Sunday night's defeat.
After the Chicago Bears lost 17-7 to the Los Angeles Rams Sunday night, Nagy said Trubisky suffered a hip injury, which is why he was pulled for Chase Daniel with 3:24 remaining in the game. The timing of Trubisky's injured raised questions, and the quarterback revealed he was actually injured much sooner than his head coach let on.
Trubisky reportedly said he injured his hip in the second quarter, adding that he "really wasn't telling anyone" about the injury, the story said. Trubisky said he was evaluated at halftime, but kept quiet about it and tried to fight through the discomfort. The story went on to say: What makes the hip injury questionable is the Bears never took Trubisky into the medical tent, where players experiencing discomfort go if they aren't feeling right, during the game. The NBC broadcast also showed the quarterback and Nagy having a heartfelt conversation a series or two before he was benched. Trubisky looked upset about the conversation, adding more questions toward the nature of the injury and if it really led to his benching.
Bears HC Matt Nagy says he’s “cautiously optimistic” QB Mitch Trubisky (left shoulder) will start vs. Saints but says there’s a “balancing act” in practice this week, indicating QB2 Chase Daniel will get some first-team reps.