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Nate Davis


USA TODAY

Published 1:28 PM EST Nov 21, 2018

Good thing the Chicago Bears managed to pad their first-place lead in the NFC North on Sunday night because their margin for error on Thanksgiving probably just took a hit.

Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is doubtful to play at Detroit on Thursday after suffering an injury to his throwing (right) shoulder following a dubious hit from Vikings safety Harrison Smith that drew a flag.

The time crunch certainly seems to be working against Chicago (7-3), which will wind up getting a mere 88 hours between kickoffs in a scheduling oddity, and Trubisky’s ability to recover in time to play.

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A first-round pick in 2017 whom the Bears traded up to get at No. 2 overall, Trubisky is in the midst of a solid sophomore season after being teamed with rookie head coach Matt Nagy. In fact, Trubisky could become the first Chicago quarterback ever to reach 4,000 yards and/or 30 TD passes in a single season. Though his accuracy still leaves something to be desired on a regular basis, his ability to extend plays and do damage when leaving the pocket has made him highly effective in Nagy’s attack.

If Trubisky can’t answer the bell, career backup Chase Daniel — he has an excellent grasp of this offense having worked with Nagy in Kansas City and with Doug Pederson in K.C. and Philadelphia — would be in line to make just his third NFL start even though this is his 10th season.

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