Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields has not had an impressive start to the year in 2022, and things could get worse before they get better in the Windy City. According to Ari Meirov, the Bears are expected to be without top offensive lineman and pass protector Cody Whitehair for a while after he sustained a knee injury in the loss to the Giants in Week 4.

The loss of Whitehair is a big blow for the Bears, and particularly for Fields who has already been struggling massively in 2022. Even with Whitehair healthy, the Bears offensive line has provided subpar protection for Fields. Now down a starting member, that protection figures to diminish further still.

In fact, Fields’ situation with the Bears can be described as the toughest in the league. Brad Spielberger of ProFootballFocus revealed that among NFL starting QBs, Fields sees the fewest percentage of dropbacks with a wide receiver considered to be “open” or “wide open.” Additionally, he’s also dead last in the number of dropbacks he sees without pressure.

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What this tells us is that Justin Fields’ struggles are real, but it’s not entirely his fault. His receivers aren’t creating enough separation, and his offensive line isn’t doing nearly enough to give him time to find said receivers.

Losing Whitehair to a knee injury could see this trend get even worse for the second-year quarterback, which is something the 2-2 Bears can’t afford if they intend to keep fighting for a playoff spot in 2022, though that’s no guarantee.

This year, Justin Fields has completed just 50.7 percent of his pass attempts for 471 yards, two touchdowns, and four interceptions across four full games this year. It’s been a historically slow start for Fields, and things may not get better any time soon with Whitehair going down.