Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy said on Monday that quarterback Mitchell Trubiski had a hip injury and that the decision to remove him from Sunday night's game had "zero relevance to his game".
The coach said Trubiski suffered a sack injury at the end of the second quarter on Sunday night in a 17-7 defeat to Rams.
Nagy credited Trubiski for his fortitude on Monday and said the quarterfinal wants to stay in the game – but added that with Trubiski, he sometimes has to "protect himself". Nagy told reporters that he was aware of his fourth-half injury and didn't care until his hip tightened up in the fourth quarter.
Nagy was seen walking with Trubis on the sidelines when removed on Sunday night. The coach was asked Monday what he told his defender.
"I wanted to know, coming from me that he should be brutally honest with me about his pain and where he was," Nagy said. "I sat there and told him, listen, we appreciate your toughness, we appreciate it as strong as you can and you want to stay in the game, but I need to make a decision."
Nagy said he was aware of skepticism about Trubiski's injury and the decision to remove him from the match on Sunday night, but told reporters that the call was only because of the injury.
"It was entirely based on his injury and where he was," he said.
Trubis finished the night 24-of-43 passing for 190 yards, one touchdown and one interception (65.1 passer rating) before Nagy left with backup veteran Chase Daniel at Chicago's last offensive drive.
As for Trubiski's status this week, Nagy said "we are working through it". The Bears host the New York Giants on Sunday.
Nagy said Trubiski will remain the starting defender if he is healthy.
Trubiski – the second overall pick of the 2017 NHL Draft – went for just 1,390 yards, eight touchdowns and three interceptions this season.