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Off injury report, Trubisky set to start Sunday


Practicing for the third straight day without restrictions, Mitchell Trubisky was removed from the Bears injury report Friday and is set to start Sunday night against the Rams.

The second-year quarterback has missed the last two contests versus the Lions and Giants with a right shoulder injury he sustained Nov. 18 late in a win over the Vikings.

"Mitch has been throwing the ball really well," said coach Matt Nagy. "He's looking good, so we feel good about where he's at moving forward with him and the rest of the guys. It was a good week for us and we're excited to get going."

Starting the first 10 games of the season, Trubisky completed 65.4 percent of his passes for 2,469 yards with 20 touchdowns, nine interceptions and a 97.7 passer rating that ranks 15th in the NFL. He has also rushed for 363 yards and three TDs on 51 carries.

In other injury news, safety Eddie Jackson did not practice due to a sore shin and was listed as questionable. But the second-year pro sat out strictly because the workout was held on artificial turf and he's expected to play Sunday night.

"It's completely just the turf," Nagy said. "We're getting to the point right now where you're getting to the end of the year and it's been a long season for these guys, so I want to make sure that with our training staff and these guys that we're doing everything we possibly can to keep them where they want to be."

Safety Deon Bush (hamstring) did not practice Friday and is doubtful for Sunday night's game. Defensive tackle Bilal Nichols (knee) was limited and is questionable.

Brotherly love: In his first season with the Bears, outside linebacker Khalil Mack has enjoyed playing with and getting to know his new teammates.

"We've got a lot of different personalities," Mack said, "but more so than anything, it's the brotherhood, everybody understanding their role and attacking it every week the same way. Preparation is key and seeing the guys who have love of the game, it's the easiest thing for me because I love this game so much."

One of Mack's teammates who has impressed him the most is second-year safety Eddie Jackson, who leads the NFL with three defensive touchdowns this season.

"Hell of a player," Mack said. "I didn't know he was that young. He's so mature. He attacks the game like a 10-year vet. It's very impressive. But there's still a lot of football to be played, so hopefully he has some of his best games in this back-end stretch."

Title time: The high school that Nagy attended, Manheim Central, is playing in Pennsylvania's 5A championship game at 6 p.m. (CT) Friday in Hershey, Pa. The Bears coach plans to watch his Barons vie for the title via the Internet.

"They're fired up," said Nagy, who wore a "Bearons" t-shirt to his Friday press conference. "That town I know right now in Manheim is going crazy. I guarantee you they've been out in that parking lot from four this morning. I'm serious. They're out there at four this morning, they're doing the hot dogs and they're getting ready to cheer them on."

The game features a matchup of two undefeated teams in Manheim (14-0) and Penn Hills (15-0).