Bears QB Andy Dalton avoids the worst with knee injury
Chicago Bears quarterback Andy Dalton left Sunday’s win over the Cincinnati Bengal in the third quarter with a knee injury. While it didn’t look good at all, it appears that he has avoided any damage to the ACL and MCL, per Ian Rapoport:
More on #Bears QB Andy Dalton: The initial exams did show no ACL tear and no damage to the MCL, source said. MRI today, but the early diagnosis of bone bruise would show he dodged major injury. That would be good news considering what it looked like at first glance.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 20, 2021
Before Dalton exited for the Bears, he completed 9 of 11 passes for 56 yards and one touchdown. It was a rather low-scoring affair with Chicago winning 20-17, but he did fare well when on the field. At this point, it’s unknown how long he’ll be out though. It’s looking like it’s probably a bone bruise, however.
Justin Fields came in and finally got the chance to make a good impression, completing 6 of 13 passes while throwing for an interception. He also rushed for 31 yards on 10 touches. It was by no means a great showing for the Bears rookie, but it appears even once Dalton is healthy again, he’ll still be the starter:
Bears coach Matt Nagy has clarified through a team spokesman that if Andy Dalton is healthy that he's the team's starting quarterback.
Nagy was asked twice (today and after the game) if that was the case but didn't provide concrete answers.
— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) September 20, 2021
On Sunday, Nagy refused to give a concrete answer on who would be QB1 moving forward. But, he has now clarified this morning. That will be a disappointment to Bears fans though, who desperately want to see Fields running the offense. But, if Dalton does miss a few games, the former Ohio State standout is going to have the opportunity to make some noise. If Fields does, he will certainly be putting himself in the conversation for the starter.