Nov 25, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) warms up before the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Steelers, QB Mitchell Trubisky agree to contract

Free agent quarterback Mitchell Trubisky agreed to a two-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday in the first hour of the NFL negotiating window.

According to multiple reports, Trubisky is signing with the expectation he’ll be the starter for the Steelers, who are set to begin the post-Ben Roethlisberger era in 2022. Roethlisberger retired after the 2021 season and spent his entire career with the franchise.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

It’s the second shot at a starting job for Trubisky, 27.

The No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears, Trubisky played 51 regular-season games with the franchise but was let go after four seasons.

Trubisky is 29-21 as a starter in five total seasons.

He signed a one-year deal with the Buffalo Bills in free agency last season.

Roethlisberger completed 64.4 percent of his passes for 64,088 yards and 418 touchdowns in 249 career games, 247 of them starts for the Steelers. He led the Steelers to 41 fourth-quarter comebacks and 53 game-winning drives in his career.

He retired with a record of 165-81-1. Roethlisberger was the 2004 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and a two-time Super Bowl champion.

–Field Level Media

Oct 3, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) runs for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Bills QB Mitchell Trubisky placed on COVID-19 list

The Buffalo Bills said Saturday that backup quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was placed on the COVID-19 list.

Trubisky is the second Buffalo quarterback to go on the list this week. Jake Fromm, who is on the practice squad, went on the list Tuesday, as did practice squad receiver Tanner Gentry.

The Bills also promoted Davis Webb from the practice squad to be Josh Allen’s backup for Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Webb has never seen action in an NFL game. He was a third-round pick of the New York Giants in 2017 and was cut from the club at the final cutdown prior to the 2018 season.

Webb spent time with the New York Jets later that season and joined the Bills in March 2019.

Trubisky is in his first season with Buffalo and has completed both passes he has thrown. He spent his first four seasons with the Chicago Bears after being the No. 2 overall pick of the 2017 draft.

The Bills also placed left guard Jon Feliciano (calf) on injured reserve. Feliciano has started all 31 games he has played for Buffalo over the past three seasons.

Buffalo also added offensive lineman Jamil Douglas and tight end Quintin Morris from the practice squad.

–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

Trubisky named Bears’ starting QB vs. Lions

Mitchell Trubisky will be Chicago’s starting quarterback against the Detroit Lions on Sunday, coach Matt Nagy said Wednesday.

Nick Foles (hip) was a limited practice participant Wednesday but isn’t yet known if he will be available on Sunday.

Trubisky started in place of Foles last Sunday against the Green Bay Packers and passed for 242 yards in a 41-25 loss. He threw three touchdown passes and was intercepted twice.

Trubisky said Wednesday that he needs to cut down on his miscues.

“After watching the mistakes, the main thing is taking care of the football,” Trubisky told reporters. “It’s easy to say, a little bit harder to do. Especially going into it, you just have the mindset, ‘I’m going to take care of the football, I’m not going to force things.’

“But you get into a game, and especially early on when we have a play called that we wanted to take a shot on all week, I take the shot and the defense made a better play than we did.”

Trubisky has passed for 802 yards, nine touchdowns and five interceptions in five games (four starts) this season. He suffered a shoulder injury earlier this season.

Foles has thrown for 1,852 yards, 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions in eight games (seven starts). He suffered the hip injury near the end of a loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Nov. 16.

The Bears have lost five straight games after a 5-1 start.

–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

Bears’ Trubisky to start at QB vs. Packers

Mitchell Trubisky will start at quarterback when the Chicago Bears face the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night in a key NFC North matchup.

Bears coach Matt Nagy made the announcement on Friday.

Trubisky started the first three games of the season and was replaced by veteran Nick Foles. Trubisky was 3-0; Foles has a 2-5 record.

Foles injured his hip on the final series of the Week 10 home loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Trubisky has been out with a shoulder injury.

“We’re excited that Mitch is ready and it’s an opportunity for him,” Nagy said.

Foles managed only 106 yards on 15-of-26 passing against the Vikings on Nov. 16. He was intercepted once. Tyler Bray came on to finish the game with Trubisky unavailable.

Nagy said Foles will travel to Green Bay and hasn’t ruled him out as a backup to Trubisky.

On the season, Trubisky is 51 of 86 for 560 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions. Foles, 31, has completed 65.0 percent (202 of 311) pass attempts for 1,852 yards with 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He’s been sacked 18 times.

Nagy also said the defensive tackle Akiem Hicks (hamstring) and left tackle Charles Leno (toe) will be game time decisions vs. Green Bay.

The Bears have lost four games in a row heading into the game against the Packers (7-3).

–Field Level Media

Aug 25, 2020; Lake Forest, IL, USA;   Chicago Bears quarterbacks Nick Foles (9) and Mitch Trubisky (10) and coach Dave Ragone during training camp Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020 at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: Brian Cassella/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Bears undecided on QB1 at Packers

Who will start for the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field on Sunday night?

On Monday, Bears head coach Matt Nagy said he’ll have to get back to the rest of the world — including the division-leading Green Bay Packers — with that answer.

Coming out of a bye week that began with a loss to the Minnesota Vikings on “Monday Night Football,” the Bears are taking stock of the health status of their quarterbacks, Nagy said.

Nick Foles injured his hip on the final series of the Week 10 home loss to the Vikings. Mitchell Trubisky, who started for the Bears to begin the season, has been out with a shoulder injury.

Nagy said the team is “working through” the situation and keeping its options open for Sunday night’s visit to Green Bay. Nagy said a change at quarterback remains “on the table.”

The Bears won’t issue an official injury report until Wednesday. Neither quarterback is scheduled to meet with the media via video conference until Wednesday night.

The Packers (7-3) lost to the Colts in overtime at Indianapolis on Sunday but maintain a comfortable lead over the Bears (5-5) in the division. The teams are scheduled to meet in Chicago in the regular-season finale on Jan. 3.

Chicago has lost four games in a row and Foles has been sacked 14 times during that span.

Against Minnesota, Foles completed 15 of 26 pass attempts for 106 yards and posted a 51.1 passer rating.

Trubisky was benched three games into the regular season after Foles came off the bench to guide a comeback win at Atlanta on Sept. 27. Trubisky hasn’t practiced since Week 8, Nagy said, due to shoulder discomfort.

–Field Level Media

Nov 1, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) is tackled by New Orleans Saints middle linebacker Alex Anzalone (47) during the first quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Trubisky (shoulder) won’t need surgery

After meeting with a specialist in Los Angeles, Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has determined he won’t need surgery to repair his injured right shoulder, according to ESPN.

He is considered week-to-week as he rehabs the injury.

Trubisky, 26, met with prominent orthopedic surgeon Neal ElAttrache on Thursday, NFL Network reported.

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 is similar to the one that sidelined him for two games in 2018.

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.

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

Nov 1, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) is tackled by New Orleans Saints middle linebacker Alex Anzalone (47) during the first quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Bears QB Trubisky dealing with shoulder injury

The Chicago Bears are evaluating a shoulder injury to quarterback Mitchell Trubisky that occurred in Sunday’s overtime loss to the New Orleans Saints, NFL Network reported.

Trubisky took just one snap in the game and ran for three yards before being tackled by linebacker Alex Anzalone.

The 26-year old started 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.

Since then, the Bears are 2-3.

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.”

The Bears are scheduled to play 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 passing for 560 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions. He’s added 90 yards rushing on nine carries.

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

–Field Level Media

Sep 27, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Nick Foles (9) passes against the Atlanta Falcons during the third quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Foles promoted to Bears’ starting role

The Chicago Bears are undefeated but still changing their quarterback as Nick Foles has been promoted to the starting job.

Bears coach Matt Nagy announced the change on Monday, one day after Foles replaced Mitchell Trubisky and rallied Chicago (3-0) to a dramatic 30-26 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

“We got up this morning and went through the tape and at the end of it and we decided we’re going to go with Nick Foles as the starter,” Nagy said. “It’s never easy when you go into these types of situations. I want to credit both of those guys yesterday for being really supportive of each other.”

Foles replaced Trubisky with the Bears trailing the Falcons 26-10 in the third quarter. The 31-year-old former Super Bowl MVP threw three touchdown passes in final 6:24 to give Chicago an unlikely 30-26 win.

The winning score was a 28-yard throw to Anthony Miller with 1:53 left.

Foles completed 16 of 29 passes for 188 yards and one interception in addition to the scores. Trubisky was 13 of 22 for 128 yards, one touchdown and one interception before being pulled.

Trubisky, the No. 2 overall pick in 2017, has completed 59.3 percent of his passes for 560 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions this season.

Nagy also confirmed that running back Tarik Cohen will miss the rest of the season due to a torn right ACL suffered against Atlanta.

Cohen was injured while fielding a punt. He called for a fair catch but Atlanta’s Brian Hill rolled into the back of the leg and it bent awkwardly.

The injury comes one week after Cohen signed a three-year, $17.3 million contract extension through the 2023 season.

The 25-year-old Cohen had 14 carries for 74 yards and six receptions for 41 yards this season.

The fourth-round selection of the 2017 draft from North Carolina A&T played in every game through his first three seasons, racking up 1,027 yards rushing, 1,534 yards receiving and 14 total touchdowns. The 2018 first-team All-Pro also returned 95 punts and 30 kickoffs and threw two touchdown passes over that span.

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Sep 2, 2020; Lake Forest, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) throws the ball during training camp at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Bears named Trubisky starting QB

The Chicago Bears on Sunday named Mitchell Trubisky as the starting quarterback to open the season.

Trubisky outdueled offseason acquisition Nick Foles in a close battle. Bears coach Matt Nagy said Trubisky “won the job” in announcing he will take the first snap against the Detroit Lions on Sept. 13.

“This was going be a fair battle for both of these guys,” Nagy said on a Zoom call with reporters. “Both these guys were really battling their tail off every single day.

“In the end, Mitch won the job and I think that’s very important for him, for us, for everybody to understand that he worked really hard to get to this point.”

Trubisky, who turned 26 on Aug. 20, was the No. 2 overall selection in the 2017 draft. Among the quarterbacks he was selected ahead of include Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes (No. 10) and Houston’s Deshaun Watson (No. 12).

He finished last season with a tenuous hold on the starting gig. Trubisky completed 63.2 percent of his passes for 3,138 yards, 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Entering his fourth NFL season, he has completed 63.4 percent of his passes for 8,554 yards, 48 touchdowns and 29 interceptions in 41 games (all starts).

Earlier this year, Chicago declined his fifth-year option worth $24.84 million for 2021.

The failure to commit to Trubisky for 2021 led some observers to believe Foles was the favorite to land the job.

But Nagy said that Trubisky’s decision-making has improved as well as his accuracy and footwork in the pocket.

Trubisky isn’t concerned with the past, and is only worrying about the 2020 season.

“I control my own destiny and I’m definitely not going to take this opportunity for granted,” Trubisky told reporters on Sunday. “I feel like I got a fresh, new clean slate. And that’s how every year should feel. And after winning, after coming out of a competition like that, it’s got that sort of feel to it — that it’s a new year and we all have a clean slate, and we’re not looking back at the past.

“I’m not looking over my shoulder. I’m just going to take advantage of the opportunity ahead and it feels good.”

Foles was acquired from the Jacksonville Jaguars in March to push Trubisky.

The 31-year-old Foles owns a Super Bowl ring as he took over for injured Carson Wentz late in the 2017 season and guided the Philadelphia Eagles to the title. He was named Super Bowl MVP.

Foles felt the adjustment period of learning a new offense played a part in the decision.

“I felt good out there,” Foles told reporters on Sunday. “Was I myself, like where I want to be? No, I wasn’t, but that’s not based on footwork or anything else — that’s based on the other circumstances that are out of your control where you are moving your family, you’re with a new offense and you’re with new players.

“You really get a great time in the spring to go through OTA practices and get those cobwebs out. That’s not an excuse — that’s just a reality of it all.”

Foles threw for just 736 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in four games (all starts) for the Jaguars last season. He broke his left collarbone in the season opener and then-rookie Gardner Minshew took over as the main quarterback and started 12 of Jacksonville’s 16 games.

Overall, Foles has completed 61.9 percent of his passes for 11,901 yards, 71 touchdowns and 35 interceptions in 58 games (48 starts) during eight NFL seasons with the Eagles (2012-14, 2017-18), the then-St. Louis Rams (2015), Chiefs (2016), and Jaguars.

The Bears have just two quarterbacks on the 53-man roster. Tyler Bray was released and then re-signed to the practice squad on Sunday.

–Field Level Media

Aug 25, 2020; Lake Forest, IL, USA;   Chicago Bears quarterbacks Nick Foles (9) and Mitch Trubisky (10) and coach Dave Ragone during training camp Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020 at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: Brian Cassella/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Bears’ Nagy won’t reveal starting QB before opener

Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy promised Saturday to keep his starting quarterback a secret prior to the Sept. 13 opener against the host Detroit Lions.

Nagy indicated on a Zoom call with reporters that the identity of the starter — either Mitchell Trubisky or Nick Foles — will be highly guarded information.

“That won’t be happening before that game,” Nagy said of declaring a starting signal caller.

Trubisky and Foles have been locked in a competitive battle for the job throughout training camp.

The lack of preseason games means it isn’t easy for outsiders to determine which quarterback holds an edge.

“For us, we like where they are at, but that’s an internal question for our coaches,” Nagy said of the battle. “That’s more gamesmanship than anything. But we know there can definitely be improvement for both of them. They are making good decisions. There are times they are making good throws. There are times they are making throws they’d like to have back.

“I’ll put it this way: Intentionally, I’m not going to give you any direction right now.”

Foles was acquired from the Jacksonville Jaguars in March to push Trubisky, who was the No. 2 overall selection in the 2017 draft.

The 31-year-old Foles owns a Super Bowl ring as he took over for injured Carson Wentz late in the 2017 season and guided the Philadelphia Eagles to the title. He was named Super Bowl MVP.

Foles threw for just 736 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in four games (all starts) for the Jaguars last season. He broke his left collarbone in the season opener and then-rookie Gardner Minshew took over as the main quarterback and started 12 of Jacksonville’s 16 games.

Overall, Foles has completed 61.9 percent of his passes for 11,901 yards, 71 touchdowns and 35 interceptions in 58 games (48 starts) during eight NFL seasons with the Eagles (2012-14, 2017-18), the then-St. Louis Rams (2015), Chiefs (2016), and Jaguars.

Quizzed about the competition on Saturday, Foles said he hasn’t asked the coaches where it stands.

“I’m not even thinking about it,” Foles told reporters. “I’m just thinking about being the best player I can be for this team. With that, that’s where the coaches know I stand. That’s how I’ve been throughout my career. And so why would I change right now and all of a sudden let this thing overtake me?”

Trubisky gave similar responses and said he is in the dark concerning the battle.

“I’m not exactly sure,” Trubisky said. “I think that’d be a good conversation to have with coach probably Sunday, see how we did after the scrimmage, go back and watch some film and then have one more big week of practice before I would say they probably make a decision. But they really haven’t told us where we’re at or when the deadline is.”

Trubisky, who turned 26 on Aug. 20, finished last season with a tenuous hold on the starting gig. He completed 63.2 percent of his passes for 3,138 yards, 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Trubisky, entering his fourth NFL season, has completed 63.4 percent of his passes for 8,554 yards, 48 touchdowns and 29 interceptions in 41 games (all starts).

Earlier this year, Chicago declined his fifth-year option worth $24.84 million for 2021.

–Field Level Media