Sport Report: Justin Fields has “a few cracked ribs”
The Bear’s Den, December 4, 2021
Andy Dalton is expected to start at quarterback against the Arizona Cardinals. Andy Dalton will start at QB for the Bears on Sunday against the Cardinals - WGN-TV - They didn’t quite rule him out for the game, but it doesn’t look like Justin Fields is going to be ready for a second-straight week as he deals with cracked ribs. Chicago Bears to start Andy Dalton at quarterback vs. Arizona Cardinals on Sunday - ESPN - Chicago Bears veteran quarterback Andy Dalton will start instead of rookie Justin Fields (ribs) on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, head coach Matt Nagy announced on Friday.
Bears quarterbackwill not play today, but there’s still not complete clarity on how much time he’ll have to miss with the rib injury he suffered against the Ravens.
Fields has “a few cracked ribs” and an MRI showed “additional issues,” according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Still, the injury is not considered something that would end his rookie season and he should return “shortly,” according to the report. While Fields is out,is starting in his place.
The Bears’ primary priority this season was developing Fields, and the lack of progress on that front may cost Matt Nagy his job. And until Fields gets healthy, he won’t be able to show any more progress.
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