Rest has restored Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who said Wednesday he is "really close" to 100 percent.
Trubisky is expected to return to the lineup Sunday for the NFC showdown at Soldier Field against the Los Angeles Rams. He missed the past two games with a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder, the result of a hit from Vikings safety Harrison Smith in Chicago's primetime win over Minnesota on Nov. 18.
"Arm feels really good. Just throwing as much as they'll let me and taking care of it," Trubisky said. "I'm just making sure I'm 100 percent when I get back out there."
Trubisky remains on the injury report but practiced without limitation Wednesday for the first time since his injury. Chase Daniel, 1-1 in Trubisky's stead, worked with the second team.
If he's on the field for the Bears, he'll be staring down his summer roommate, Rams quarterback Jared Goff, in what sets up as an exciting, offense-heavy affair. They trained together in Southern California over the offseason.
Trubisky said Wednesday he viewed Goff as a reason to believe in himself. Both struggled as rookies, but Goff found his footing last season and is having an MVP-caliber campaign in Year 3. Goff was the No. 1 overall pick in 2016.
"It was fun," Trubisky said. "It was a good time. We were just out there relaxing in the offseason. Training a little bit. Got to know him. We are pretty tight, good friends. He's an awesome dude. We pushed each other in the offseason. We work with the same quarterback coach out there and trainer. Just getting better in the offseason and enjoying some downtime. Just enjoying each other's company.
Goff tossed 28 touchdowns in his second season; Trubisky has 20 touchdowns in his first year with head coach Matt Nagy.
"It just shows me anything is possible," Trubisky said. "Just because everybody writes you off one year doesn't mean you can't come out and have a really good year the next year. Especially with a great coach coming here and helping this organization. Just being a lot different on offense as far as scheme and philosophy. I think it gives you a lot of confidence as a quarterback. You can never dwell too much on the past, especially if you have a bad year before. You just have to work hard in the offseason, come back, believe in the plan, believe in yourself and just go out there and play ball like you know how."
--Field Level Media
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