The popular expression around Halas Hall over the last two weeks has been that Mitch Trubisky’s “arrow is pointing up.”
Now, as of Wednesday afternoon, it looks like the arrow’s pointing towards a return to action on Sunday night.
Trubisky met with media this afternoon, and was asked point-blank if he expects to play this week.
“I do,” Trubisky said. “I just got to show coach that I can play, so I’m feeling good about where I’m at as long as I can show them that I can go out there and do it, and make all the throws, and be the player that I know I am. I feel confident that I’ll be ready to go.”
Trubisky wouldn’t get into the specifics of his shoulder rehab, saying only that it’s been “everything you could possible think of as far as recovery goes.”
The Bears wouldn’t specify what the plan is for Trubisky in regards to Wednesday’s practice.
“We’ll see with the full participation part,” Matt Nagy said. “We’re going to see how he feels today and hopefully, like I’ve been saying, he feels good and we can get him out there. I don’t know as far as the full participation part. As we go along in practice we’ll test out his pain tollerance and all that and see where he’s at.”
“If he feels good, and seems right, then we’ll get him out there for sure.”
Trubisky mentioned that pain tolerance has played a bigger role in his rehabilitation than it has in the past.
“It’s different than any other injury because it’s my throwing shoulde,” he said. “And it’s something that I’m going to need for the rest of my career obviously. Any time there’s pain I’m just communicating that and being smart about it. My pain tollerance has gone up over the years, just being able to know what you can play through and know when you need to pull back a little bit. It’s being smart, communicating to the staff and all that, and really not trying to be a superhero because you don’t want anything to linger the rest of this year, my career going forward, especially since it’s so crucial being my throwing shoulder.”