The biggest offseason to date in the young career of Bears QB Mitch Trubisky began with rehabilitation following surgery to repair the partially torn labrum in his left (non-throwing) shoulder, ESPN’s Jeff Dickerson reported Wednesday.
Bears GM Ryan Pace left open the possibility at his season-ending news conference of Trubisky requiring surgery for the injury he suffered vs. the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 29 when the quarterback attempted to escape the pocket but was quickly collapsed on by star DE Danielle Hunter.
Trubisky, whose play declined precipitously this season following a 24-passing TD, 12-INT, 95.8-rated 2018 in his debut campaign in Matt Nagy’s offense, missed only one start with the injury, which he suffered on the Bears’ first possession of the Week 4 win over the rival Vikings. Coincidentally, Trubisky injured his right shoulder two seasons ago vs. the Vikings on a late hit by Pro Bowl S Harrison Smith and missed the following two games.
The average recovery period for Trubisky’s procedure, which is considered minor, as noted by ESPN, is a couple months. That’s good news because although Pace indicated on Dec. 31 that the Bears expect Trubisky to be their starter next season, he’ll face competition likely from at least two newcomers to the QB corps and undoubtedly will be on a short leash.
The Bears must decide in early May whether to exercise their fifth-year option for 2021 on Trubisky, whom Pace infamously traded up to draft with the second overall pick three years ago, when reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes and Pro Bowler Deshaun Watson remained on the board.
This article originally ran on profootballweekly.com.