Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky underwent surgery shortly after the season to repair the partially torn labrum in his left shoulder, a person with knowledge of the situation corroborated. ESPN first reported Wednesday that Trubisky had surgery.
The postseason procedure was widely expected after Trubisky’s left shoulder popped out of joint and back in when he was sacked on Sept. 29 versus the Vikings.
Trubisky is expected to participate in the on-field portion of the Bears offseason program, which can start April 20. That it’s his non-throwing shoulder is crucial to such a relatively fast return. Trubisky was injured six plays into that Vikings game.
He missed the rest of that 16-6 triumph and the following game versus the Raiders in London. He played the final 11 games of the season with a harness on his left shoulder. He insisted the injury did not hinder him more than the standard toll of football affects any player.
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His regression in his third campaign was a leading reason why the Bears ended fourth to last in the NFL in scoring and second to last in yards per play. The Bears were worst in the league in yards per pass attempt.
The Bears have said Trubisky will be their starting quarterback next season.
The second overall pick of the 2017 NFL draft, Trubisky finished the year 28th in total QBR (39.4), tied for 27th in touchdown passes (17), 21st in passing yards (3,138), 32nd in yards gained per pass attempt (6.1) and 28th in traditional quarterback rating (83.0).
The Bears went 8-8 and failed to reach the playoffs.
In 2018, which was Matt Nagy’s first season as head coach, the Bears went 12-4 as Trubisky passed for 3,223 yards, 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions and rushed for 421 yards and three touchdowns.
Pace insisted in December that the Bears remain committed to Trubisky as their starting quarterback, but Chicago is expected to upgrade at backup quarterback in the offseason.
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