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The 3-0 Chicago Bears are officially handing the reins to their offense to a new starting quarterback.
Nick Foles will take over for Mitchell Trubisky as the team's starter on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, coach Matt Nagy announced Monday.
Nagy confirmed that Foles would not merely be the starter on a trial basis.
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“Nick is our starter moving forward," Nagy said.
Foles rallied the Bears to a 30-26 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, throwing three fourth-quarter touchdowns after Trubisky was benched in the third quarter. He finished with 188 yards on 16-of-29 passing.
“It’s not easy coming in cold like that,” Foles said. “But if you can approach it with a mindset of ‘Hey, one play at a time, you can’t get all those points back in one throw,’ that helps a lot.”
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The Bears acquired Foles in a trade from the Jacksonville Jaguars in the offseason and announced they would hold an open competition at quarterback, but the ninth-year veteran was unable to beat out Trubisky amid training camp restrictions stemmingthe coronavirus pandemic.
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Trubisky, 26, now faces an uncertain future in Chicago. The Bears decided this spring not to exercise the fifth-year option for the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft, putting him on track to become a free agent at the end of the year.
Trubisky said Sunday he was surprised to be pulled.
“It kind of happened out of nowhere,” Trubisky said. “I just accepted the news. I had Nick’s back like he’s had mine. The situation sucked, but it was just the flow of the game and how it happened and coach made the decision that he felt was best for the team.”
Tampa Bay Buccaneers inside linebacker Devin White (45) and free safety Jordan Whitehead (33) sack Denver Broncos quarterback Jeff Driskel (9) in the second quarter at Empower Field at Mile High.
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Denver Broncos cheerleaders perform as two fans sit among cardboard characters from the show South Park during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Denver.
Indianapolis Colts cornerback Kenny Moore (23) sacks New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) during an NFL football game between the Indianapolis Colts and New York Jets, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Indianapolis.
Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (30) lunges into the end zone for a touchdown over Carolina Panthers outside linebacker Jeremy Chinn (21) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Inglewood, Calif.
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Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Tahir Whitehead (52) celebrates recovering a fumble by Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (not pictured) during the first quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Left is Carolina Panthers outside linebacker Shaq Thompson (54), right is Carolina Panthers free safety Tre Boston (33).
Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) leaps for a first down on fourth and one yard to go as Minnesota Vikings free safety Anthony Harris (41) prepares to tackle him during the second quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Chicago Bears nose tackle Bilal Nichols (98) pitches the ball to cornerback Buster Skrine (24) while being tackled by Atlanta Falcons center Alex Mack (51) after recovering a fumble during the first half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Chicago Bears strong safety Tashaun Gipson (38) celebrates his interception of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Atlanta. The Chicago Bears won 30-26.
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Houston Texans running back Cullen Gillaspia (44) tumbles over Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Mike Hilton (28) on a run in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Pittsburgh.
Buffalo Bills' Stefon Diggs, above, catches a pass in the end zone for a touchdown as Los Angeles Rams' Jalen Ramsey defends, during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, in Orchard Park, N.Y.
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