Cutting of Tyler Bray could signify return of Mitchell Trubisky

Gene Chamberlain

In a move backing up the notion Mitchell Trubisky will return to play against the New Orleans Saints, the Bears have released quarterback Tyler Bray.

Bray served as backup to Chase Daniel in Sunday’s 24-21 loss to Oakland, and can be expected to move back to the practice squad.

Trubisky went down with a left shoulder injury against the Minnesota Vikings Sept. 29 on the sixth play and Daniel quarterbacked the rest of the 16-6 win, then played in last week’s loss.

Since the injury is to the non-throwing shoulder, it was anticipated Trubisky would not miss much time.

“I hope he’s back, but I don’t know that, “ Bears coach Matt Nagy said after the loss. “It could be something where it goes longer than that. I don’t know.”

Plans had been for Trubisky to do rehab work over the bye week at Halas Hall.

Tight end Bradley Sowell was added back to the Bears roster after Bray was cut. 

Trubisky has completed 69 of 106 (65.1%) for 588 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions. His passer rating of 81.0 is well off of last year's 95.4 rating. He is averaging 5.5 yards per pass attempt after finishing last year at 7.4.

One report citing no sources claimed the Bears have looked at another option at quarterback recently, possibly an inquiry needed in case Trubisky's injury was going to last longer. 

Former NFL and University of Miami player Dan Sileo, who built a reputation over two decades as a controversial radio host, reported on Twitter the Bears had been one of several teams to contact the New York Giants about the availability of quarterback Eli Manning via trade.  

Sileo said the Jaguars, Vikings, Bills and Steelers also have inquired.

The NFL trade deadline is Oct. 29 at 3 p.m.