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Trubisky starting for Bears

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LAKE FOREST, IIll. — It’s been a long way back from a difficult place for Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

After being benched in Week 3, Trubisky will start against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, Bears coach Matt Nagy said Friday.

Trubisky took all the first-team snaps at practice this week but Nagy had stopped just short of designating him the starter, just in case Nick Foles was able to return from a hip and glute injury. But Foles was unable to practice again Friday and Nagy turned to Trubisky.

“He’s worked hard this time that he’s been the backup to be prepared for if and when this time comes, whether it’s through performance or whether it’s through availability or injury with Nick,” Nagy said.

The Bears are trying to end a four-game losing streak, and they’re more focused on that than their long-term future at quarterback.

“As far as next week or following weeks, it’s hard for me to predict that right now,” Nagy said.

Foles is doubtful for the game and Nagy said it’s still possible Foles could be the backup. Tyler Bray is the other option.

Trubisky suffered a right shoulder injury Nov. 1 against New Orleans while he ran on a zone-read, his only play since being benched against Atlanta in Week 3. Foles’ injury occurred on a sack in the fourth quarter of a 19-13 loss to Minnesota on Nov. 16.

Garrett, Gates mum

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — New York Giants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and center Nick Gates toed the company line in saying very little about the recent firing of line coach Marc Colombo.

The Giants (3-7) will be playing their first game since the stunning dismissal more than a week ago when they face the Bengals (2-7-1) in Cincinnati on Sunday.

Coach Joe Judge fired Colombo on Nov. 18 after the two argued about the planned hiring of veteran line coach Dave DeGuglielmo as a consultant. The move came with the line performing well, the team on a two-game winning streak and heading into a bye week.

Judge defended his action as in the best interest of the team. He hired DeGuglielmo to coach the line, which had helped the team gain at least 100 yards rushing in six of the last seven games.

Neither Garrett, who coached and hired Colombo as an assistant while in Dallas, nor Gates had been available for comment before Friday.

Without being asked a question on the firing, Garrett said Judge had addressed the issue.

“So I don’t I don’t see any reason for me to talk about it much further,” he said. “Joe took care of all that. And we’re focused on what we need to do this weekend against Cincinnati.”

RB Gurley out

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Atlanta Falcons running back Todd Gurley will miss Sunday’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders because of a knee injury.

Gurley was ruled out on the final injury report Friday after failing to practice all week.

Elsewhere:

n Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard is questionable for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants after dealing with a concussion.

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