Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy insisted he pulled Mitchell Trubisky near the end of Sunday's loss to the Los Angeles Rams because of pain in his right hip and not because he's ready to bench his struggling quarterback.
Nagy said Monday the decision to have Chase Daniel lead Chicago's final drive was based solely on Trubisky's injury.
He wasn't sure about his quarterback's status, with Chicago (4-6) hosting the New York Giants this week. But he made it clear Trubisky "absolutely" remains the starting quarterback as long as he's healthy.
Nagy said Trubisky suffered a right hip pointer when he took a knee from Michael Brockers as Troy Hill sacked him near the end of the second quarter.
... Browns defensive end Myles Garrett will be the last player involved in Thursday night's brawl in Cleveland to have his appeal heard. Garrett's appeal will be heard Wednesday by James Thrash, Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi's appeal was heard Monday by Thrash and Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey's appeal will be heard Tuesday by Derrick Brooks.
... Colts running back Marlon Mack will be out indefinitely because of a fractured right hand.
Alabama's Tagovailoa has surgery on right hip
Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa had surgery on his right hip.
Alabama team surgeon Dr. Lyle Cain said the procedure in Houston was successful. Cain described Tagovailoa's prognosis as "excellent" and reiterated that he is expected to make a full recovery.
If Tagovailoa, who was expected to be a top pick, does decide to enter the NFL draft, it's unclear how the injury will impact his draft stock.
Jeter heads Hall list
Derek Jeter is among 18 newcomers on the 2020 Hall of Fame ballot. A 14-time All-Star shortstop and five-time World Series champion, Jeter hit .310 with 3,465 hits in 20 seasons and was the 1996 AL Rookie of the Year. He has been CEO of the Miami Marlins the past two seasons.
Other newcomers announced by the BBWAA include Cliff Lee, Josh Beckett, Jason Giambi, Paul Konerko, Rafael Furcal, Bobby Abreu and Alfonso Soriano.
... Outfielder Yoshitomo Tsutsugo was made available to major league teams through the posting process by Yokohama of Japan's Central League. Major league clubs have until 4 p.m. on Dec. 19 to negotiate with Tsutsugo, who turns 28 on Nov. 26. Tsutsugo hit .272 this year with 29 homers and 79 RBI. He has a .285 average with 205 homers and 613 RBI during 10 seasons with Yokohama.