Aug 21, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA;  Buffalo Bills quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) after the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

Mitchell Trubisky excels vs. former team, lifts Bills past Bears

Mitchell Trubisky torched his former team by throwing for 221 yards and a touchdown to lead the visiting Buffalo Bills to a 41-15 victory over the Chicago Bears on Saturday in a preseason game.

Trubisky completed 20 of 28 passes while receiving a mix of boos and cheers from the fans at Soldier Field. He was selected by the Bears with the second overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, but the team declined to pick up his fifth-year option.

Trubisky is expected to back up Pro Bowl quarterback Josh Allen this season. Allen sat out Saturday’s contest.

Chicago’s Andy Dalton completed 11 of 17 passes for 146 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Rookie quarterback Justin Fields entered in the third quarter and completed 9 of 19 passes for 80 yards while rushing for 46 yards.

Fields received a scare to start the fourth quarter after he was drilled by Bills linebacker Andre Smith, who was whistled for roughing the passer. Khalil Herbert scored on a 13-yard touchdown run on the next play.

–Field Level Media

December 23, 2018; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) celebrates after the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Former Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky signs with Bills

The Buffalo Bills agreed to terms Thursday on a one-year deal with quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

The Chicago Bears parted ways with the former No. 2 overall draft pick after four seasons and a 29-21 record.

Trubisky, 26, will back up 2020 Pro Bowl selection Josh Allen in Buffalo. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Trubisky started the first three games for Chicago last season before being benched for Nick Foles, then regained the job in Week 12. He rallied the Bears to victories in three of their last four games to earn a spot in the playoffs, where they were eliminated by the New Orleans Saints in the wild-card round.

The Bears declined to pick up his fifth-year option, making him a free agent.

General manager Brandon Beane doesn’t expect Trubisky to be with the Bills for more than one season.

“This is a reset for him. We don’t expect him to be here long term. This is a one year (deal). We hope it’s a great reset for him, making him be the best version of himself in Buffalo and hopefully in a year he can go land a nice starting job.”

Trubisky, who was picked ahead of fellow quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes (10th) and Deshaun Watson (12th) in the 2017 NFL Draft, made the Pro Bowl and led Chicago to the NFC North division title in 2018.

He completed 64.0 percent of his passes for 10,609 yards with 64 touchdowns and 37 interceptions in 51 games (50 starts) for the Bears. He also rushed for 1,057 yards and eight touchdowns.

Former Bills backup Matt Barkley posted an apparent farewell on social media Thursday after the team announced Trubisky’s signing.

“Love you Buffalo, it’s been real,” he tweeted.

Barkley, an eight-year veteran, spent the last three seasons with the Bills.

–Field Level Media

Oct 18, 2020; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) on the sidelines in the third quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Bears not ready to name starting QB

Matt Nagy did not name a starting quarterback for Sunday’s game at Green Bay, but the Chicago Bears’ head coach seemingly showed his cards at a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

Mitchell Trubisky participated in practice but Nick Foles is day-to-day with a hip injury and was unable to take the field as preparation for the primetime visit to the Packers approaches.

“I have seen a change in him,” Nagy said of Trubisky. “And for the good.”

“If he is going (to start at Green Bay), what I would say is this: I have all the confidence in the world in him.”

Nagy repeated his opinion that Trubisky has grown while watching Foles start since the Bears rallied to win at Atlanta, 30-26, on Sept. 27.

Trubisky has been inactive since injuring his shoulder in a loss to the New Orleans Saints Nov. 4. Foles injured his hip on the final series of a Week 10 home loss to the Vikings.

The Packers aren’t exactly a picture of health. Green Bay listed 21 players on its Wednesday injury report, including starting wide receivers Davante Adams (ankle) and Allen Lazard (core).

–Field Level Media

Sep 27, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) passes against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Trubisky (shoulder) consulting with doctor in LA

Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky traveled to Los Angeles to consult with prominent doctor Neal ElAttrache about his shoulder injury, NFL Network reported Thursday.

Trubisky took just one snap in the Bears’ overtime loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday and ran for 3 yards before being tackled by linebacker Alex Anzalone, landing awkwardly on his shoulder.

The injury, to his right shoulder, is similar to the one that sidelined him for two games in 2018, the network reported.

Trubisky, 26, began the season at quarterback for the Bears after winning the competition with Nick Foles. He started the first three games — all wins — before coach Matt Nagy decided to start Foles instead. Foles relieved Trubisky in Week 3, rallying the Bears to a victory in Atlanta.

Since then, the Bears are 2-3.

With Chicago struggling on the ground since losing running back Tarik Cohen (torn ACL) in Week 3, Nagy said earlier this week that he had been thinking about utilizing Trubisky in the Wildcat formation.

“It’s a weapon for us to be able to use his legs, then obviously be able to throw the ball as well,” Nagy said. “That’s something that we’re looking at. Every game could be a little bit different, but it’s something that teams have to prepare for.”

Despite having played in just half of the Bears’ games, Trubisky remains the team’s second-leading rusher with 90 yards on nine carries.

The Bears are scheduled to face the Titans (5-2) in Tennessee on Sunday. If Trubisky can’t play, practice-squad quarterback Tyler Bray would be activated to back up Foles.

On the season, Trubisky is 51 of 86 for 560 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions.

Foles has completed 151 of his 233 pass attempts for 1,411 yards and eight touchdowns. He has been picked off seven times. Foles has carried the ball 11 times for minus-1 yards and a score.

–Field Level Media

Sep 1, 2020; Lake Forest, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Nick Foles (9) looks to pass the ball during training camp at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Bears pull Trubisky, insert Foles at QB

The Chicago Bears pulled Mitchell Trubisky and replaced him with Nick Foles at quarterback in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Trubisky beat out Foles for the starting job during the preseason, but he was yanked with the Bears trailing 26-10. He threw for 128 yards, one touchdown and one interception with a 71.8 passer rating in two-plus quarters.

Foles immediately led the Bears down the field and into scoring position, but the drive ended when he threw a red-zone interception. The play initially was ruled as a touchdown for wideout Allen Robinson, but the call was reversed after a video review showed that Falcons cornerback Darqueze Dennard ripped the ball out of Robinson’s hands and into his own before the play was complete.

The 31-year-old Foles entered the weekend with 58 career games (48 starts) with the Philadelphia Eagles, then-St. Louis Rams, Kansas City Chiefs and Jacksonville Jaguars.

–Field Level Media