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Bears News: Final Injury Report, QB Situation, and More

Get caught up on the Chicago Bears’ final injury report, QB situation, play-calling setup, and more before Week 18.

Matt Nagy Bears head coach
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There was a bit of a news dump coming out of Halas Hall on Friday afternoon. The Chicago Bears shared some bad news and a couple of other updates.

Here’s the rundown:

Final Injury Report

First of all, the Bears released their final injury report of the week and the season. Unfortunately, Akiem Hicks (ankle) will not play in the season finale. This means Bears fans may have seen the last of “The Dream” in navy and orange.

As noted in Thursday’s injury report, Friday’s practice would be a better indicator of Hicks’ availability for Sunday. Alas, the defensive tackle ultimately was not able to clear that hurdle.

Akiem Hicks Bears Status
Photo: Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times

Everyone else listed on the injury report was able to practice in full.

However, three players still remain listed as questionable.

  • Robert Quinn (shoulder)
  • Eddie Goldman (finger)
  • Duke Shelley (heel)

Finally, Jimmy Graham (rest) and Andy Dalton (groin) are good to go.

Quarterback Situation

During his media session, Matt Nagy addressed the quarterback situation. The Bears head coach declared Andy Dalton the starter and Nick Foles the backup.

Earlier this week, Nagy said Justin Fields was going to be the starting QB. However, the Bears placed Fields on the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Thursday. That development spelled the end of his rookie campaign.

Play-Calling Duties

This is where Nagy’s media session took an interesting turn. When asked if he or Bill Lazor would be calling plays, Nagy provided the reporters with a peculiar answer.

It seems Nagy and Lazor will split play-calling duties on Sunday. However, given the response, it’s likely Nagy will choose his spots when he takes over. While that’s probably not what fans want to hear, it’s the last game of the year and overwhelmingly likely his tenure. So, who cares?

Regardless of those oddities, the Bears will likely empty the playbook, and fans could be in for a treat. At this point, all the Bears have to play for is entertainment value anyway. Don’t be surprised to see some interesting trick plays in the season finale.

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