Jul 29, 2021; Lake Forest, IL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Nick Foles (9) catches the ball during a Chicago Bears training camp session at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

Bears’ Matt Nagy: Teams will have interest in Nick Foles

Not many Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks are third-stringers on NFL rosters. But that’s where QB Nick Foles happens to be on the Chicago Bears’ depth chart.

However, the 10-year veteran might not stay there for long, considering how much teams always seem to need a quarterback. One of those teams might be the Indianapolis Colts, whose starter — Carson Wentz — is out indefinitely after suffering a foot injury on Thursday at practice.

Bears coach Matt Nagy is someone who appreciates Foles’ value and wouldn’t be surprised if the Colts — or any other team — come calling for Foles.

“… You’re talking about a Super Bowl MVP and a guy that’s started a lot of games,” Nagy told reporters before practice on Saturday. “He’s had a really interesting career in so many ways that I just think that he deserves that.”

Nagy added that he and Foles have not talked about a potential trade since training camp started.

“I don’t talk to him about that; he doesn’t talk to me about it,” Nagy said. “We just don’t go there because, again, that’s out of our control. He’s worrying about doing everything he can to just be great for us, and that’s what I like about our relationship. He’s happy with where he’s at here and he’s in a good place.”

That place is currently behind starter Andy Dalton and first-round pick Justin Fields. In nine games — seven starts — for the Bears last season, Foles passed for 1,852 yards, 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions while splitting snaps with Mitchell Trubisky, who signed with the Buffalo Bills in the offseason.

The MVP of Super Bowl LII, Foles has played for five NFL teams, including two stints with the Philadelphia Eagles. He has played 67 regular-season games and has gone 28-27 in 55 starts.

Foles, 32, also appears to be reasonably affordable. His salary-cap charge for 2021 is $6.7 million.

Nagy values Foles’ experience and ability but knows snaps might be hard to find. The coach also respects Foles for how he has dealt with a challenging first week of training camp.

“I would say probably 95% of people in Nick’s situation would handle it completely opposite of the way he’s handled it, from the time that I brought him in and told him that he was going be the third-string quarterback,” Nagy said. “And I have to give so much credit to him because he accepted it. He understood it.”

The Colts signed veteran QB Brett Hundley on Saturday. But it remains to be seen if Foles will still be with the Bears before the 2021 NFL season kicks off.

–Field Level Media

Nov 16, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Nick Foles (9) leaves the game in the second half after an apparent injury against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

Bears QB Foles day-to-day with hip/glute injury

Chicago Bears quarterback Nick Foles’ hip/glute injury isn’t as bad as initially feared and is considered day-to-day, coach Matt Nagy told reporters Tuesday.

Foles was injured in the final minute of Monday night’s 19-13 home loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

With the Bears at their own 20-yard line to start a last-minute drive, Foles took a hard hit from Vikings defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo after releasing a pass that fell incomplete. He remained down on the field for several minutes before he was helped onto a cart and taken off the field.

Foles, 31, is a nine-year veteran who began the season as a backup until Mitchell Trubisky lost the job in Week 3. Foles managed only 106 yards on 15-of-26 passing Monday. He was intercepted once.

With Trubisky unavailable because of a shoulder injury, Tyler Bray came on to finish the game Bray threw an 18-yard completion to Ryan Nall to get to the Chicago 38, but after spiking the ball to stop the clock, Bray threw three consecutive incompletions. The Vikings took over on downs and ran out the clock.

Foles, the Super Bowl LII MVP with the Philadelphia Eagles, has completed 65 percent of his passes this season for 1,852 yards and 10 touchdowns with eight interceptions.

The Bears (5-5), who have lost four in a row, have a bye this weekend. They face the division-leading Packers (7-2) in Green Bay on Nov. 29.

Nagy said he believes Foles has a contusion and a strain and that he is unlikely to go on injured reserve.

Nagy also said another quarterback change is a possibility. “When you lose four in a row, everything’s on the table,” Nagy said.

In other injury news, Bears defensive lineman Akiem Hicks left the game with a strained right hamstring and return specialist Dwayne Harris is awaiting confirmation on a torn triceps.

–Field Level Media

Nov 16, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Nick Foles (9) leaves the game in the second half after an apparent injury against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

Bears unsure of Foles’ status after late-game injury

The Chicago Bears head into their bye week awaiting word on quarterback Nick Foles, who was injured Monday night in the final minute of a 19-13 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

With the Bears at their own 20-yard line to start a last-minute drive, Foles took a hard hit from Vikings defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo after releasing a pass that fell incomplete.

Foles was down on the field for several minutes before he was helped onto a cart and taken off the field.

After the game, Chicago coach Matt Nagy was unsure about the injury, saying it was to a hip or leg.

“They’re still looking at him,” Nagy said. “You know, it was his leg or his hip, so I think they’re still working through the details on that. I have not talked to him yet. …

“He was in a lot of pain. He’s a tough dude, but he was in a lot of pain. When you see that and you’re down there with him, you feel for him just because you don’t know how bad it was. So that part is hard.”

Foles, a nine-year veteran who began the season as a backup until Mitchell Trubisky lost the job in Week 3, managed only 106 yards on 15-of-26 passing Monday. He was intercepted once.

With Trubisky unavailable because of a shoulder injury, Tyler Bray came on when Foles got hurt. Bray threw an 18-yard completion to Ryan Nall to get to the Chicago 38, but after spiking the ball to stop the clock, Bray threw three consecutive incompletions. The Vikings took over on downs and ran out the clock.

Foles, the 2017-18 Super Bowl MVP, has completed 65 percent of his passes this season for 1,852 yards and 10 touchdowns with eight interceptions.

The Bears (5-5), in second place in the NFC North, will play in Green Bay on Nov. 29. The Packers (7-2) lead the division.

–Field Level Media

Sep 1, 2020; Lake Forest, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Nick Foles (9) looks to pass the ball during training camp at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Bears pull Trubisky, insert Foles at QB

The Chicago Bears pulled Mitchell Trubisky and replaced him with Nick Foles at quarterback in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Trubisky beat out Foles for the starting job during the preseason, but he was yanked with the Bears trailing 26-10. He threw for 128 yards, one touchdown and one interception with a 71.8 passer rating in two-plus quarters.

Foles immediately led the Bears down the field and into scoring position, but the drive ended when he threw a red-zone interception. The play initially was ruled as a touchdown for wideout Allen Robinson, but the call was reversed after a video review showed that Falcons cornerback Darqueze Dennard ripped the ball out of Robinson’s hands and into his own before the play was complete.

The 31-year-old Foles entered the weekend with 58 career games (48 starts) with the Philadelphia Eagles, then-St. Louis Rams, Kansas City Chiefs and Jacksonville Jaguars.

–Field Level Media