Oct 2, 2022; London, United Kingdom; New Orleans Saints quarterback Andy Dalton (14) celebrates in the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings during an NFL International Series game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The Vikings defeated the Saints 28-25. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

QB Andy Dalton to start for Saints vs. Seahawks

Veteran quarterback Andy Dalton will start Sunday for the New Orleans Saints against the Seattle Seahawks, with Jamies Winston still battling injuries.

Winston hasn’t practiced all week due to back and ankle ailments.

Dalton started last week against the Minnesota Vikings in London, with the Saints losing 28-25. But the 34-year-old Dalton was 20-for-28 passing for 236 yards and a touchdown.

“I thought Andy did a nice job. He performed well in the game, and in the second half we got into a pretty good rhythm offensively,” coach Dennis Allen said Friday. “That’s why Andy’s here. He’s a proven vet.”

In his 12th season, Dalton has a 77-70-2 record as a starter with the Cincinnati Bengals, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys and Saints.

Dalton won’t have Michael Thomas to throw to for the second straight week, with Allen declaring Thomas out with a foot injury. Fellow wideout Jarvis Landry was limited in practice this week with an ankle injury and is questionable, but Allen said he thinks Landry will play.

The Saints (1-3) and the Seahawks (2-2) met last season in Seattle, with the Saints winning 13-10.

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Sep 25, 2022; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA;  New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2) goes back to pass against the Carolina Panthers during the second half at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Saints rule out Jameis Winston vs. Vikings in London

New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston will miss Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings in London due to back and ankle injuries.

The Saints downgraded Winston from doubtful to out on Saturday night, London time.

Veteran Andy Dalton will serve as the starting quarterback for the Saints (1-2).

Winston has been dealing with back issues since Week 1. The injuries to his ankle and foot became known during the week following the Saints’ second game.

Winston didn’t practice at all this week, so Saturday’s announcement wasn’t an unforeseen development.

Winston, 28, has passed for 858 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions this season in his third campaign with the Saints.

He spent his first five NFL seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Winston has passed for 21,840 yards, 139 touchdowns and 96 interceptions in 86 games (80 starts).

The Saints ruled out receiver Michael Thomas (foot), guard Andrus Peat (concussion) and safety Marcus Maye (ribs) on Friday.

Dalton, 34, has started 148 of 152 games played during his 12 NFL seasons. He has passed for 35,279 yards, 226 touchdowns and 135 interceptions for the Cincinnati Bengals (2011-19), Dallas Cowboys (2020) and Chicago Bears (2021).

New Orleans also signed quarterback Jake Luton to the active roster from the practice squad on Saturday. Luton, 26, started three games for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2020 and passed for 624 yards, two touchdowns and six interceptions.

The Saints also waived fullback Adam Prentice.

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Dec 6, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive end Carl Granderson (96) shown during the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Saints re-sign DE Carl Granderson, DT Jalen Dalton

The New Orleans Saints re-signed two reserve defensive linemen, ESPN reported Thursday.

Edge rusher Carl Granderson and defensive tackle Jalen Dalton were both set to become exclusive-rights free agents next week. Both are expected to earn about $895,000 in 2022, per the report.

Granderson, 25, has been an effective backup for Cameron Jordan and Marcus Davenport. Undrafted out of Wyoming in 2019, he has nine sacks, 19 quarterback hits and 50 tackles in 38 career games (three starts).

Dalton, 24, has yet to appear in an NFL regular season game. Undrafted out of North Carolina in 2019, he missed both the 2020 and 2021 seasons with triceps injuries.

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Sep 19, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears defensive end Akiem Hicks (96) reacts after sacking Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (not pictured) during the second half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

Bears standout DT Akiem Hicks placed on COVID-19 list

The Chicago Bears placed standout defensive tackle Akiem Hicks on the COVID-19 list on Thursday.

The 32-year-old Hicks is one of 10 players on the list after the Bears removed quarterback Andy Dalton and defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. from it earlier Thursday.

Hicks missed four games with an ankle injury before returning in Monday night’s 17-9 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. He had five tackles and two sacks in the game, his first since Nov. 8.

Hicks has 23 tackles and 3.5 sacks in eight games this season. The 32-year-old has 40.5 career sacks in 137 games (109) over 10 seasons with the New Orleans Saints (2012-15), New England Patriots (2015) and Bears.

Hicks recorded 23 sacks over a three-season stretch (2016-18) and was a Pro Bowl selection in 2018.

The other Chicago players on the COVID-19 list are running back Ryan Nall, receivers Allen Robinson II and Isaiah Coulter, tight ends Jesse James and Jesper Horsted, defensive end Bilal Nichols, linebacker Joel Iyiebuniwe, cornerback Jaylon Johnson and safety Tashaun Gipson Sr.

Meanwhile, starting quarterback Justin Fields missed Thursday’s practice with an ankle injury. He was a limited participant on Wednesday.

Dalton, who is dealing with injuries to his groin and left hand, was a full participant.

The Bears (4-10) visit the Seattle Seahawks (5-9) on Sunday.

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Nov 25, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Andy Dalton (14) jogs off the field after the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Bears place QB Andy Dalton on COVID-19 list, count up to 13

The Chicago Bears placed quarterback Andy Dalton and cornerback Duke Shelley on the COVID-19 list on Friday.

The additions give Chicago 13 players on the COVID list. The Bears are also without offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, defensive coordinator Sean Desai and special teams chief Chris Tabor due to protocols.

Dalton was unlikely to play in Monday night’s road game against the Minnesota Vikings due to a fractured left hand.

The other Bears on the COVID-19 list are receiver Allen Robinson II, running back Ryan Nall, tight end Jesse James, offensive tackle Larry Borom, defensive end Mario Edwards Jr., nose tackle Eddie Goldman, linebacker Joel Iyiegbuniwe, cornerback Artie Burns, safety Eddie Jackson and two practice squad players: receiver Isaiah Coulter and linebacker Sam Kamara.

The Bears (4-9) are one of seven NFL teams that are in enhanced protocols. All of Chicago’s meetings are held virtually.

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Nov 25, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Andy Dalton (14) throws a pass against the Detroit Lions in the second half at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: David Reginek-USA TODAY Sports

Bears to start Andy Dalton with Justin Fields ‘not there yet’

Justin Fields failed to receive medical clearance to return from his rib injury, meaning Andy Dalton remains the starting quarterback for the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

Dalton is the No. 1 and Nick Foles his backup as the Bears take on the Arizona Cardinals.

“As far as for the game Andy Dalton’s going to start on Sunday, Nick Foles will be the backup,” Bears coach Matt Nagy said after Friday’s practice. “Justin’s making good progress, just not there yet medically for the clearance.”

Fields, Chicago’s first-round pick in 2021, replaced Dalton as the starting quarterback due to a knee injury but hasn’t practiced or played since Nov. 21. He was injured in a loss to the Baltimore Ravens and sat out as Dalton returning to the first-team role and helped beat Detroit on Thanksgiving Day.

The Bears are also without defensive lineman Akiem Hicks (groin) this week and wide receiver Allen Robinson (hamstring) is questionable.

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Nov 21, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) is sacked by Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Tyus Bowser (54) during second half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Bears QB Justin Fields (ribs) exits during loss to Ravens

Chicago Bears rookie quarterback Justin Fields exited Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens after injuring his ribs.

Fields was injured during Chicago’s first possession of the third quarter. Andy Dalton finished the 16-13 loss.

Bears coach Matt Nagy said he didn’t have any information about Fields during his postgame press conference.

“I don’t know any of that right now,” Nagy said of the extent of the injury and to a question about whether or not Fields sustained a fracture.

Fields completed 4 of 11 passes for 79 yards and rushed four times for 23 yards before exiting. Dalton was 11-of-23 passing for 201 yards and two touchdowns after entering in relief but couldn’t prevent Chicago (3-7) from losing its fifth straight game.

Nagy was noncommittal per whether a healthy Fields would start on Thanksgiving Day against the host Detroit Lions.

“I got to see exactly what type of injury he might have,” Nagy said. “We’ll get into all that but that’s not where we’re at right now.”

Dalton, who started Chicago’s first two games before injuring a knee, said he will be ready for Thursday’s game if needed.

“I prepare the same way I’ve prepared this whole year,” Dalton said. “So if I’m starting I’ll be ready to go.”

Fields was the 11th overall choice by the Bears out of Ohio State. Sunday’s start was his eighth of the season.

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Sep 19, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Andy Dalton (14) stands on the sideline during the fourth quarter of their game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

Bears’ Matt Nagy: Andy Dalton still QB1 when healthy

Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy said Monday that Andy Dalton remains his starting quarterback when healthy.

Rookie Justin Fields made his second straight start under center Sunday and earned his first NFL victory with a 24-14 defeat of the visiting Detroit Lions.

Dalton missed his second straight game with a knee injury and Nick Foles served as Fields’ backup on Sunday.

“When Andy’s healthy, he’s our starter. Justin’s the two. Nick’s the three,” Nagy confirmed Monday.

The Bears (2-2) visit the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 5.

Fields, the 11th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, completed 11 of 17 passes for 209 yards with one interception against the Lions.

Fields, 22, has completed 48.1 percent of his passes for 347 yards, two picks and no touchdowns this season. He has rushed for 55 yards and one score.

Dalton, 34, has completed 73.5 percent of his throws for 262 yards with one TD and one pick.

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Sep 26, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett (95) reaches for Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) during the third quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Bears to start QB Justin Fields vs. Lions, Andy Dalton doubtful

The Chicago Bears announced Saturday night that rookie Justin Fields will be the starting quarterback against the visiting Detroit Lions on Sunday.

The Bears also said that veteran Andy Dalton (knee) was downgraded to doubtful. Chicago coach Matt Nagy said Friday that he wouldn’t name a starter until he knew Dalton’s status.

If Dalton is made inactive on Sunday, it will mark the second straight game he has missed due to the injury. Nick Foles will be the backup if Dalton isn’t available.

Dalton sustained a bone bruise on his left knee during a Week 2 win over the Cincinnati Bengals and missed last week’s 26-6 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

The 33-year-old Dalton is in his first season with the Bears and has completed 73.5 percent of his throws for 262 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Fields, the No. 11 overall pick in the 2021 draft, started against the Browns and it didn’t go well. He completed 6 of 20 passes for 68 yards but gave 67 yards back on nine sacks. Chicago had 47 yards of total offense.

Overall, Fields is just 14-of-35 passing (40 percent) for 138 yards and one interception in three games.

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Chicago Bears quarterback Andy Dalton (14) throws a pass in the first quarter of the NFL Week 2 game between the Chicago Bears and the Cincinnati Bengals at Soldier Field in Chicago on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021. The Bears led 7-0 at halftime.

Cincinnati Bengals At Chicago Bears

Andy Dalton questionable; Bears to make QB decision on Sunday

Andy Dalton was listed as questionable due to his ailing knee on Friday, and Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy said a decision on a starting quarterback won’t be made until close to kickoff against the visiting Detroit Lions on Sunday.

Dalton was a limited practice participant and Nagy’s decision to not name a starter indicates a willingness to give Dalton time to recover. If Dalton can’t play Sunday, rookie Justin Fields will start.

“Andy is getting better each day and we’re going to see where he’s at on Sunday,” Bears coach Matt Nagy told reporters after practice.

Nagy said he doesn’t foresee any situation in which veteran Nick Foles starts Sunday.

Dalton sustained a bone bruise on his left knee during a Week 2 win over the Cincinnati Bengals and missed last week’s 26-6 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

Dalton said he is making progress but was short on details when it came to his practice workload on Friday.

“With the injury, you’re just trying to get back as soon as possible,” Dalton said. “I feel really good about where I’m at. …

“I did some things (in practice) and felt good about where I was and everything. I’m going to leave it at that.”

The 33-year-old Dalton is in first season with the Bears and has completed 73.5 percent of his throws for 262 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Fields, the No. 11 overall pick in the 2021 draft, started against the Browns and it didn’t go well. He completed 6 of 20 passes for 68 yards but gave 67 yards back on nine sacks. Chicago had 47 yards of total offense.

Overall, Fields is just 14-of-35 passing (40 percent) for 138 yards and one interception in three games.

“Last week wasn’t the performance we want to put out,” Fields said on Friday. “We talked about that and we expect to be better this week.”

Among other injuries, star outside linebacker Khalil Mack (foot) returned to practice on a limited basis after missing the previous two days. Mack is listed as questionable, along with cornerback Xavier Crawford (back) and receiver Darnell Mooney (groin).

Linebacker Joel Iyiegbuniwe (hamstring) will miss the contest, as will safety Tashaun Gipson (hamstring).
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