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Matt Nagy knew about Mitch Trubisky's hip injury, but 'it wasn’t significant enough to not play'

Matt Nagy knew about Mitch Trubisky's hip injury, but 'it wasn’t significant enough to not play'

Mitch Trubisky is the Bears starting quarterback. He was not benched for poor play against the Rams. He has a hip pointer. And the Bears do not know/aren’t saying whether Trubisky will be sufficiently recovered from his hip pointer to start next Sunday against the New York Giants.

Other questions may continue to swirl around coach Matt Nagy’s handling of Trubisky and the reported hip injury that caused the coach to pull the quarterback late in the fourth quarter of the Bears’ fifth loss in their last six games. And those other questions on Monday contained variations on the Watergate theme of, “What did he know and when did he know it?”

Nagy met the questions head-on, beginning with the injury itself – “[Trubisky] has a right hip pointer. It happened on the sack at the end of the second quarter. He took a knee by [defensive tackle Michael Brockers] right into the hip/lower back.”

And Nagy laid out how he and Bears staff handled the situation, start to finish, including preparing backup quarterback Chase Daniel to replace Trubisky if needed, which he was.

“I knew about it; I knew [Trubisky] had a hip deal but it wasn’t significant enough to not play,” Nagy said. “But over time the stiffness got to a point where he really wasn’t able to sit on the bleachers, on the bench.

“That’s when I became aware of it and kept an eye on him for about a series and a half. Even before [the Rams] scored the touchdown to go up 10, we had already made the decision that we were going to go with Chase.”

Nagy and Trubisky put their heads close together in the discussion that led to the quarterback being pulled, before which neither TV cameras nor sideline reporters provided information on Daniel warming up. But Nagy, who said that he went directly at Trubisky with questions about his viability to continue playing, also said that Daniel had, including taking snaps with center Cody Whitehair.

Despite the injury to his quarterback, Nagy made an ill-advised call of an option to the short side of the field on a third-and-one in the second half. The call Nagy said he would do differently, but said that the play was before the hip soreness and stiffness had reached the point of impairment.

And there is no thought, either on the part of coach or player, of shutting Trubisky down, for whatever reasons.

“We’ll see where he’s at,” Nagy said. “As we go here the next couple days, we’ll see where he’s at, but [being shut down is] not what he wants and that’s not what we want. We want to keep growing.”

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Should the Bears trade for this Ryan Pace player?

Should the Bears trade for this Ryan Pace player?

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks wants out of L.A. It's no secret the Rams are trying to trade him, and he expressed his desire to be traded on Twitter on Friday.

The Bears have a need in their offense for a speed wide receiver, and Cooks has been one of the most explosive weapons at the position throughout his career.

Prior to last season's offensive meltdown in Los Angeles, Cooks recorded four-straight 1,000-yard seasons and averaged more than 15 yards per catch in three of those years. He's still only 26 years old and has plenty of juice left in his legs to offer his next team a similar level of production; he would be a dynamic complement to Allen Robinson and would round out Chicago's wide receiver corps.

And here's the thing: we know Ryan Pace loves his former Saints. He just rewarded Jimmy Graham with a two-year, $16 million contract despite a market that likely wouldn't have valued his services anywhere near that amount.

But Graham was one of Pace's guys from his days in New Orleans, and so is Cooks.

The Saints traded a first- and third-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft to move up for Cooks (they moved from No. 27 to No. 20 to select him). Pace was New Orleans' Director of Player Personnel at the time; his voice was a powerful one in the decision to acquire Cooks.

The biggest impediment to making a move for Cooks is his contract. He signed a five-year, $81 million deal with the Rams in 2018 and has a $16.8 million cap hit in 2020. With Robinson looking to break the bank on a contract extension in the coming weeks, it's highly unlikely the Bears will commit that much money to the wide receiver position. Any trade will have to include some kind of restructured contract or an agreement that the Rams carry a significant portion of Cooks' cap hit.

There's also the issue of compensation that the Bears could send to Los Angeles for a player as dynamic as Cooks. A trade would require at least one of Chicago's second-round picks. Maybe that's all it will take, but the Rams would be justified asking for more.

The dollars have to make sense and the compensation has to be appealing enough to get a deal done. But there's no doubt Pace is at least researching his options.

Cooks, unlike Graham, would be one of Pace's guys who Bears fans would welcome with open arms.

Bears land two potential starters in latest NFL.com mock draft

Bears land two potential starters in latest NFL.com mock draft

The 2020 NFL draft is less than four weeks away and now that the first wave of free agency is over, team needs have begun to crystallize.

For the Chicago Bears, that means youth at tight end and a starting-quality safety will be high on their draft wish list. According to Chad Reuter's latest NFL.com 2020 mock draft, the Bears check both boxes with potential starters in the second round.

At pick No. 43, Chicago adds LSU safety Grant Delpit, who prior to the 2019 college football season was considered by most draft analysts to be the most gifted defensive player not named Chase Young.

Delpit's final season with the Tigers wasn't the best for his draft stock. He lacked the splash plays that made him a household name last season, but he still displayed the kind of aggressive and fearless style that would make him a strong complement next to Eddie Jackson, who the Bears want to get back to playing centerfield. Delpit will slide to the second round because he's an inconsistent finisher, but he'd offer great value for a Bears defense that needs an aggressive run defender on its third level.

At No. 50, the Bears snag a potential starter at tight end in Purdue's Brycen Hopkins

Hopkins is a wide receiver in a tight end's body; he's everything Chicago's offense has been missing. Regardless of who wins the team's quarterback competition this summer, a player like Hopkins has the kind of playmaking ability to instantly become one of the early reads in the offense's passing game. 

With veterans Jimmy Graham and Trey Burton already on the roster, a player like Hopkins could be eased into the lineup with the expectation that he'd eventually become the primary receiving option at the position by the end of his rookie season.

Not a bad second-round haul. It's critically important that Ryan Pace hits on his second-rounders, too. The Bears' next pick doesn't occur until the fifth round, which is usually when special teams players and practice squad candidates are added.