The Giants appear set to catch a break on Sunday with Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky unlikely to play on Sunday.
Trubisky (shoulder) did return to practice on a limited basis on Wednesday, but NFL Network reported that the team is planning to start backup Chase Daniel at MetLife Stadium.
Head coach Matt Nagy has preached caution for Trubisky as the surprising 8-3 Bears weigh their playoff aspirations against a game they will still be favored to win with Daniel.
“It will be one of those day-to-days for us as we go,” Nagy told reporters on Wednesday. “We need to know each day where he’s at. We kind of went through the same type of thing with Khalil [Mack] and Allen Robinson several weeks ago.
“It’s just hard because these guys want to be out there and they want to play but sometimes we need to protect the player from the player. And they ultimately understand that, so we’ll just go day-by-day, we’ll have them both ready and we’ll see where it takes us.”
Daniel led the Bears to a 23-16 win over the Lions on Thanksgiving Day, completing 27-of-37 passes for 230 yards and a touchdown.
The 3-8 Giants are still alive in the mediocre NFC East, but their best chance at miracle run was dashed when the Eagles rallied past them for a 25-22 win last Sunday.