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Daniel expected to start in place of Trubisky


Bears coach Matt Nagy revealed Wednesday that quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is expected to miss Sunday's game against the Raiders in London.

The third-year pro sustained a left-shoulder injury on the Bears' sixth play from scrimmage in last Sunday's 16-6 win over the Vikings at Soldier Field. Backup Chase Daniel replaced Trubisky against Minnesota and is expected to start versus the Raiders.

"[Trubisky] is going to end up most likely missing this game," Nagy said. "But he'll be on a day-to-day basis for us. We have the bye coming up here, so we'll be able to see really how this goes for him and where we stand. It's crazy sometimes how things go with these byes and where they come and all that.

"We're in a good position right now knowing that Chase came in last week, and we've been in this before, so we're fully confident in that."

Daniel demonstrated poise and play-making ability against the Vikings, completing 22 of 30 passes for 195 yards with one touchdown and a 101.4 passer rating.

According to Nagy, the veteran backup's strongest attributes are his leadership and anticipation.

"Leadership within the huddle before the play happens, directing people, telling them where to go, how to get there," Nagy said. "And then the anticipatory throws of knowing, 'OK, this guy is going to be open because of this defense,' and being able to throw the ball on time."

A career backup since entering the NFL with the Saints in 2010, Daniel was signed by the Bears last year in part because he had experience in Nagy's offense—playing with the Chiefs from 2013-15 when Nagy was his position coach. 

The 32-year-old has made four starts in 11 NFL seasons, including two with the Bears last year after Trubisky, coincidentally, suffered a shoulder injury in a home win over the Vikings. 

Daniel completed 27 of 37 passes for 230 yards with two touchdowns, no interceptions and a 106.8 rating in a 23-16 victory over the Lions in Detroit last Thanksgiving. Ten days later he connected on 26 of 39 passes for 285 yards with one TD, two interceptions and a 75.3 rating in a 30-27 overtime road loss to the Giants.

Last year Daniel's first start came on a short week during which the Bears did not conduct a full practice. In preparing to face the Raiders Sunday, the team will work out Wednesday, Thursday and Friday—with Friday's practice scheduled to be held in London.

"Obviously there's a positive, right?" Daniel said. "You get the whole week to work with your guys. The short week was tough because literally we hadn't repped any of the plays. We barely got to walk through the plays. That was just going out there and playing.

"It'll be good to get the whole week with the guys and maybe stay after a little bit and get certain routes with certain guys that I need to make sure that we're on time and in rhythm."