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  • Associated Press Bears rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky will get his first NFL start Monday night when Chicago plays the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017 1:00 am


Bears make quarterback switch

Associated Press

CHICAGO – The Chicago Bears are going to give prized rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky a try.

The No. 2 overall draft pick from North Carolina will start against the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night after Mike Glennon struggled in the first four games, the team announced.

It's hardly a surprise that the Bears (1-3) will go with Trubisky considering how badly Glennon has struggled. He has five interceptions and three lost fumbles. He got picked off twice, lost a fumble on a sack and had another snap ricochet off his knee for a lost fumble in Thursday's 35-14 loss at Green Bay.

“It was just a decision I thought needed to be made,” coach John Fox told Chicago's WBBM 780-AM. “We've had 10 giveaways in the first four weeks of the season, and you can't win football games that way. Not that they were all one guy's fault, but the combination of that, we're going a different direction.”

Fox informed Trubisky and Glennon of the decision on Sunday night. Glennon becomes the No. 2 quarterback, with veteran Mark Sanchez remaining in the No. 3 spot.

Trubisky started third on the depth chart behind Glennon and Sanchez. But with his mobility and arm strength, he progressed quicker than expected. Trubisky sparked a debate over who should start with a strong performance in the preseason opener against Denver, though he was more ordinary in the next three exhibitions.

Glennon played turnover-free ball in a 23-17 season-opening loss to Atlanta and had the Bears threatening for a last-second touchdown after struggling for much of the game.

Things only got worse for Glennon in a blowout loss at Tampa Bay, his former team, and he didn't play well in a surprising win over Pittsburgh, either.

Colts lose Bond for season

A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Indianapolis center Deyshawn Bond will miss the rest of the season with a torn quad in his leg.

Bond, an undrafted rookie, started Indianapolis' first four games. He was injured on the Colts' second play and left the field on a golf cart. Bond played at Cincinnati and attended high school in Indianapolis.

Starting center Ryan Kelly returned to practice last week for the first time since suffering a broken foot Aug. 10.

Extra points

Oakland will be without quarterback Derek Carr for two to six weeks after he injured his back in a 16-10 loss to the Denver. ... Minnesota said running back Dalvin Cook will miss the remainder of his rookie season because of a torn ACL in his left knee. With 354 yards, Cook is third in the NFL in rushing. He has two touchdowns, plus 11 receptions for 90 yards. ... Seattle running back Chris Carson suffered a fracture in his lower left leg when he was pinned in a pile in the fourth quarter of the Seahawks' win over the Colts. Left tackle Rees Odhiambo was still in the hospital Monday morning. Odhiambo had breathing problems after the game and was tended to by medics in the locker room. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said there aren't any issues with Odhiambo's sternum but he was undergoing additional tests. Odhiambo was expected to be released from the hospital later Monday. Also, defensive end Cliff Avril, who was inadvertently kicked in the chin trying to make a tackle from behind and suffered a neck injury. Avril briefly lost feeling in his hands. ... Buffalo starting receiver Jordan Matthews and starting linebacker Ramon Humber are out indefinitely because of broken thumbs. ... Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota is day to day after an MRI exam showed a strain of his hamstring.