Ahead of the Bears’ Thanksgiving Day game against the Lions, Justin Fields wasn’t expected to play with a rib injury. Initial x-rays and scans just showed bruising, but the rookie quarterback’s MRI revealed cracked ribs resulting from tiny fractures.
According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, Fields could return to action in the near future despite the latest testing results. However, Chicago may want to be cautious with their franchise quarterback when considering his long-term outlook. The last thing the Bears need is Fields’ injuries worsening in an already lost season.
On Wednesday, reports surfaced indicating Bears’ chairman George McCaskey instructed the coaching staff to permanently name Fields the starting quarterback ahead of Week 5. Now that an injury has him sidelined, Andy Dalton will reassume the starting role against the Lions today. It will be intriguing to see how eager the team is to get Justin Fields back into game action in the coming weeks. If the Ohio State product were to miss more time, Dalton would likely remain the starter as well.
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