Nov 20, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) tries to evade a tackle by Atlanta Falcons defensive end Arnold Ebiketie (47) during the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Bears QB Justin Fields (shoulder) is game-time decision vs. Jets

Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields was listed as questionable on the team’s Friday injury report due to his shoulder injury and coach Matt Eberflus labeled him a game-time decision for Sunday’s road game against the New York Jets.

Fields is dealing with a left shoulder injury. On Wednesday, Fields said the shoulder is separated.

“I think we’re going to let it go up to the game,” Eberflus said. “We’ll see where it goes. He’s feeling better every single day. We’ve got 48 hours to assess that to where we’re going to go with that.”

Fields injured his nonthrowing shoulder late in last Sunday’s 27-24 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. The setback was the fourth in a row for the Bears (3-8).

Eberflus said Fields participated in individual drills and did some team work on Friday. The team listed him as a limited practice participant.

The medical staff will be monitoring Fields closely and studying the level of pain, strength and function in the shoulder.

“We’ll see where it goes,” Eberflus said. “It’s really a three-pronged effect. It’s really more about the medical staff clearing him all the way into that (playing) status, then him feeling really good about his performance — being able to go out there and perform — and then as coaches assessing where he is throughout the week of practice.”

Backup Trevor Siemian, who has thrown one pass this season, would start if Fields can’t play.

Fields has passed for 1,642 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 11 games this season. He has scored seven touchdowns on the ground and ranks sixth in the NFL with 834 rushing yards.

Also, safety Jaquan Brisker, cornerback Kyler Gordon and backup linebacker Sterling Weatherford were all ruled out Friday due to concussions.

Brisker has 73 tackles, a team-high three sacks and one interception. Gordon has 55 tackles and one interception and Weatherford has four stops.

Nose tackle Sheldon Rankins (elbow) has been ruled out by the Jets. It will be the second straight missed game for Rankins, who has 25 tackles and two sacks.

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Nov 20, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) walks off the field with medical personnel after a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Bears QB Justin Fields says left shoulder is separated

Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields said Wednesday that his left shoulder is separated and he will weigh how it feels before deciding whether he can play in Sunday’s road game against the New York Jets.

Fields hurt his left shoulder late in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 27-24 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

“It’s a separated shoulder with partially torn ligaments,” Fields told reporters of the injury. “Basically, like an AC joint. That’s my understanding of it.”

The Bears view the injury as a day-to-day thing and hope to make a decision on Fields on Friday.

“We’ll see where it goes, and then when we get to tomorrow, we’ll know more, and I think by Friday we’ll know more,” Chicago coach Matt Eberflus said on Wednesday. “It’s kind of one of those things, you work through the week, and we’ll see where it is and hopefully we’re getting better and better every single day.”

Fields said he threw passes during Wednesday’s walk-through and felt pain in the shoulder. The Bears listed him as limited on their practice report.

“The pain is pretty high today just with throwing and stuff like that, finishing throws, just the pain with that,” Fields said. “I’m just going to work throughout the week to get that motion down, try to get that pain down a little bit and see what happens Friday night, Saturday. See how it goes.”

Backup Trevor Siemian, who has thrown one pass this season, would start if Fields can’t play.

Fields has passed for 1,642 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 11 games this season. He has scored seven touchdowns on the ground and ranks fifth in the NFL with 834 rushing yards.

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Nov 6, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA;  Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) makes a pass after avoiding a sack in the second quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Sabau-USA TODAY Sports

Tua Tagovailoa outduels Justin Fields as Dolphins edge Bears

Tua Tagovailoa passed for 302 yards and three touchdowns and Tyreek Hill had 143 receiving yards and a score as the visiting Miami Dolphins defeated the Chicago Bears 35-32 on Sunday afternoon.

Miami (6-3) notched its third straight victory since Tagovailoa returned from a concussion. Despite a standout effort from quarterback Justin Fields — who passed for three touchdowns, ran for another and accounted for 301 yards of total offense — the Bears lost for the fifth time in six games.

Fields rushed for 178 yards, breaking Michael Vick’s record for most rushing yards by a quarterback in a regular-season game.

Chicago (3-6) finished with 252 yards on the ground. David Montgomery followed Fields with 36 rushing yards as the Bears joined the 1976 Pittsburgh Steelers as the only franchises in the Super Bowl era to run for 225-plus yards in four straight games.

Fields scored on a 61-yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter, then completed a two-point conversion pass to cut Chicago’s deficit to 28-25.

Cole Kmet had five catches for 41 yards and two touchdowns, with the second of those drawing the Bears to within 35-32 with 11:38 remaining. Miami followed with its second turnover on downs inside Chicago territory, but it regrouped to force a Bears punt. Chicago had another chance in the closing minutes but turned the ball over on downs near midfield.

Tagovailoa completed 21 of 30 passes while connecting with Hill, Jaylen Waddle and recent acquisition Jeff Wilson for touchdowns.

Chicago and Miami each scored on their first two drives, which the Dolphins’ pair of touchdowns eclipsing a touchdown and field goal for the Bears.

As the Bears prepared to punt on their third drive, Jaelan Phillips burst through the line to block Trenton Gill’s kick, and Andrew Van Ginkel recovered, racing 25 yards for a touchdown and a 21-10 Dolphins lead.

The Bears rebounded, however, responding with a 12-play, 75-yard yard scoring drive punctuated by a 16-yard touchdown pass from Fields to Darnell Mooney. The game entered halftime with Miami ahead 21-17 after Jason Sanders missed a 29-yard field goal in the closing seconds of the second quarter.

Waddle caught an 18-yard touchdown pass on the opening drive of the third quarter and Wilson scored on a 10-yard reception after Fields’ 61-yarder.

Fields became the first player in league history with three passing touchdowns and at least 140 rushing yards in the same game.

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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 tackled by Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Tyus Bowser (54) during the first quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Bears still ‘gathering facts’ on Justin Fields’ injury

Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields left Sunday’s game with a rib injury, and it’s too early for the team to tell if the rookie will be part of the Thanksgiving Day menu at Detroit, coach Matt Nagy said Monday.

“I’m still gathering facts,” Nagy said Monday afternoon.

The Bears (3-7) are headed to face the winless Lions (0-9-1) at Ford Field on Thursday and each team is unsettled at the position.

Tim Boyle started for the Lions in place of Jared Goff on Sunday and tallied just 77 yards with two interceptions in a 13-10 defeat at the hands of the Cleveland Browns.

Goff was sidelined by an abdominal injury.

Nagy said the uncertainty is part of the short week of preparation either way.

“Gameplan wise, you could only do so much in this short amount of time,” Nagy said. “So that’s what we got, to keep that in mind as we go, and our coaches will do a good job of that.”

Fields has bruised ribs as a result of a hit that knocked him out of the game in the second half of the Bears’ 16-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. He was injured during Chicago’s first possession of the third quarter. Andy Dalton finished the game.

Fields completed 4 of 11 passes for 79 yards and rushed four times for 23 yards with a fumble before exiting.

Dalton was 11-of-23 passing for 201 yards and two touchdowns after entering in relief, but the veteran couldn’t prevent Chicago from losing its fifth straight game.

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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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Oct 31, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears running back Khalil Herbert (24) runs past San Francisco 49ers cornerback Josh Norman (26) during the first half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

49ers pour it on late to knock off Bears

Jimmy Garoppolo passed for 322 yards and ran for two touchdowns and Elijah Mitchell rushed for a career-best 137 yards and a score to help the visiting San Francisco 49ers defeat the Chicago Bears 33-22 on Sunday to snap a four-game losing streak.

San Francisco (3-4) used an 18-point fourth quarter to surge ahead of Chicago (3-5), which has lost three straight. The 49ers scored on seven successive possessions before a series of kneel-downs to close the game.

Deebo Samuel had six receptions for 171 yards for San Francisco, including an 83-yard catch and run that set up a third-quarter touchdown.

Bears rookie quarterback Justin Fields passed for a touchdown and ran for another — a brilliant, 22-yard scamper on a fourth-quarter fourth-and-one — but defensive lapses ultimately doomed Chicago before a late Fields interception. Fields was 19-for-27 passing for 175 yards and an interception and also ran for a career-high 103 yards on 10 carries.

Joey Slye kicked field goals of 48, 52, 22 and 32 yards for the 49ers.

Chicago took a 13-9 lead into halftime. Kicker Cairo Santos bookended field goals of 39 and 40 yards around an eight-yard touchdown pass from Fields to Jesse James.

After managing just three points in 13 possessions during last week’s lopsided, 38-3 loss at Tampa Bay, the Bears scored on each of their first-half possessions for the first time since December 2013.

Santos added a 25-yard field goal on the opening drive of the second half, extending the Chicago advantage to 16-9 while stretching his franchise record to 38 consecutive field goals made.

But San Francisco responded with consecutive touchdown drives, taking a 23-16 lead with 14:11 to go on a five-yard scoring run from Mitchell and a two-point conversion pass from Garoppolo to Brandon Aiyuk.

Bears special teams coordinator Chris Tabor served as acting head coach, as fourth-year coach Matt Nagy remained in the NFL’s COVID-19 protocol. Nagy confirmed Monday that he tested positive for COVID-19, with Tabor operating Bears team meetings throughout the week.

Defensive back Eddie Jackson left the game for Chicago with a hamstring injury. San Francisco safety Jimmie Ward left with a quad injury.

Linebacker Khalil Mack (foot) was out for the Bears, while the 49ers’ inactives included defensive end Dee Ford (concussion).

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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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