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Should the Bears start Tyler Bray in Week 12 if Mitch Trubisky can't play?

Should the Bears start Tyler Bray in Week 12 if Mitch Trubisky can't play?

Who would've thought entering Week 12 of the 2019 season there would be a legitimate conversation about whether quarterback Tyler Bray should start in place of an injured Mitch Trubisky? Even with a healthy Chase Daniel on the roster?

Bray, 27, has one career regular-season pass attempt (back in 2017) and has bounced from the Bears roster to the practice squad several times since joining the team in 2018. He's been a solid preseason player, however, and finished this summer with an 85.8 rating after completing nearly 62 percent of his passes for 608 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

With Trubisky's status for Week 12 up in the air after suffering a hip pointer in Sunday night's loss to the Rams, former Bears coach Dave Wannstedt is calling for Bray -- not Daniel -- to be the starter.

"I would play (Bray), I truly would," Wannstedt said Tuesday on The Score's Mully & Haugh Show. "I would not waste a game or two with Chase Daniel, I wouldn't. I would play this young kid and see if he can do anything, because he played good in the preseason in my opinion."

Chicago's loss to the Rams dropped their record to 4-6 on the year. They have a 1 percent chance to make the playoffs. Maybe it really is time to see what Bray has to offer.

"Playoff team, I'd go with Chase if Mitch couldn't play. No playoff team, I'd play the young kid," Wannstedt said.

At this point, why not? The Bears have nothing to lose and we know Daniel doesn't have a future under center in Chicago. Bray may not either, but at 27 years old, he could at least audition to be the team's long-term backup even if GM Ryan Pace moves on from Trubisky.

If there's a week to throw Bray into the lineup it's Week 12 against the Giants, whose secondary is downright atrocious. He'll at least have an opportunity to build some confidence, even if it will be short-lived.

It's a sad reality for Bears fans who had such high hopes in September. 

2020 NFL Draft: Tua Tagovailoa declares himself 100% healthy

2020 NFL Draft: Tua Tagovailoa declares himself 100% healthy

Former Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa may end up being the 2020 NFL Draft prospect who's impacted most by the social distancing campaign that's in place to combat the COVID-19 outbreak. Teams are prohibited from holding prospect visits, pro days have been canceled and pre-draft interviews are limited to FaceTime or other virtual settings.

In the case of Tagovailoa, who's recovering from a devastating hip injury suffered last November, teams won't get the chance to have their doctors examine him. And without a clean bill of health, there's a possibility he could experience a draft-day slide.

Tagovailoa took a big step toward preventing that slide on Wednesday when he announced he's 100% healthy. 

"I feel 100 percent," Tagovailoa told NFL Network. "I feel like if there was a game today, I'd be able to go out and perform the same way I was able to perform in previous years. I feel as mobile as possible. I feel 100 percent."

This is huge news for teams at the top of the first round who've had Tagovailoa high on their wish list all season. The Miami Dolphins are the favorites to land him at No. 5 overall, but if Tagovailoa can convince the league that he's ready to go, there's a good chance a trade could occur at the third pick.

And therein lies the connection to the Bears. The No. 3 pick is currently held by the Detroit Lions, who can quickly enrich their roster by receiving a bounty of picks to slide down just a few spots. The Los Angeles Chargers (No. 6 overall) are a prime candidate to trade up; only Tyrod Taylor presents as a viable starting option on their depth chart right now. Teams who enjoy sustained success usually get there by drafting well, and the more picks a team has, the better chance they'll get it right.

There's another possibility here, too. The Lions could decide Tagovailoa is too good to pass on. Sure, Matt Stafford is still on the roster and even though it feels like he's been in the NFL for decades, he's only 32 years old. But he hasn't been able to elevate the Lions to a consistent contender during his tenure with the team and Detroit could soon be looking for a change.

Tua's full recovery is great news for him and his family, but it could end up being bad news for the NFC North.

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Allen Robinson's Within Reach foundation pivots to feeding Chicago families

Allen Robinson's Within Reach foundation pivots to feeding Chicago families

Allen Robinson is doing his part to help the city of Chicago during the COVID-19 pandemic. Robinson is using his Within Reach, which typically focuses on providing resources to underprivileged Chicago-area schools, to feed kids at home during the pandemic. 

Robinson said he will match donations made to his charity. The donations will go towards providing boxes of food to Chicago families facing food insecurity during the pandemic. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Bears’ coach Matt Nagy and OT Charles Leno have both contributed to Robinson’s cause.  If you’d like to contribute, you can find out more information on Within Reach’s website. 

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