Report: Bears’ Justin Fields in line to get another start due to Andy Dalton’s knee injury
Chicago Bears starting quarterback Andy Dalton suffered a knee injury last weekend when he landed awkwardly following a scramble against the Cincinnati Bengals. Rookie quarterback Justin Fields is getting the start this Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, and it looks like he could be in line to start at least another game or more because of Dalton’s injury, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Per Schefter, Dalton’s bone bruise is “from his femur and tibia colliding.” While he didn’t suffer ligament damage, he still could miss a few weeks because of this injury. The Bears haven’t put Dalton on injured reserve because they’re hoping he’ll return sooner than the three-week threshold, but it seems as if there’s a possibility he does miss three weeks.
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Bears head coach Matt Nagy has said that Dalton will start once he’s health again. That mindset could change if Fields impresses, though, because going back to Dalton after strong efforts by the quarterback of the future would be a tough sell.
Fields does face a tough task in his first NFL start against a strong Browns team on the road. The rookie showed flashes when he replaced Dalton against the Bengals, but he also made several bad mistakes that almost cost Chicago a victory. The Bears did hang on for a 20-17 win, thanks in part to a crucial Fields scramble on third down.
Now, it is Fields’ time to shine and show why he was selected with the 11th pick after Chicago traded up.