Mitchell Trubisky took a step backwards in production in 2019. In fact, in one more game than he played in 2018, the quarterback threw for fewer yards and fewer touchdowns.
However, Trubisky injured his right shoulder early in the season. He played through it, but it's certainly possible that was the reason his numbers were so poor.
If he wants to beat out Foles for the starting spot in 2020, Trubisky will have to be healthy. And there's some good news for him on that front.
According to Curtis Crabtree of ProFootballTalk.com, the quarterback says his injured shoulder is “back to 100 percent”.
There's just one problem with that. Trubisky hasn't actually been to a doctor.
“I’m back to 100 percent. I haven’t been able to see a doctor to get cleared officially, but I pretty much cleared myself … It feels better and stronger than it did before you even hurt it. So yeah, it went well.”
It's great news for the Bears and the quarterback that the shoulder is feeling that much better. However, his comments need to be taken with a grain of salt because he hasn't actually been able to see a doctor.
That means it's unsure if the shoulder is healed properly. There's always the chance that the probability of re-injury is high or that there is something still wrong with it.
With healthcare systems currently overwhelmed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it's understandable that the quarterback hasn't been able to yet get his shoulder examined by a professional. That being said, Trubisky is still a little while away from having to actually play, so there's still time to heal a little more if need be.
It sounds like Trubisky's shoulder should be good to go when the season starts up, which means a quarterback competition could be brewing in Chicago.