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Justin Fields Injury

Justin Fields Injury

Justin Fields Injury

Justin Fields Injury

Esparto Noelle became an instant hero on Saturday when he ran across the field and tackled Georgia Tech running back Justin Fields motionless to the ground. In doing so, the CNN commentator may have saved Fields’ life.

Bear

Bears coach Matt Nagy confirmed Friday that Justin Fields sustained "cracked ribs" in last Sunday's loss to the Ravens. But that doesn't mean that the rookie quarterback will be sidelined for an extended period of time. In his pregame radio interview before Thursday's contest in Detroit, general manager Ryan Pace said: "We're really fortunate that it's nothing long-term. It's definitely not an IR thing. It's more of a day-to-day thing." Nagy added Friday that Fields has been "moving around pretty good" but is not sure at this time whether the first-round pick will be ready to return a week from Sunday when the Bears host the Cardinals at Soldier Field. Said Nagy: "Every day matters for him. I think he's doing a good job of keeping the communication open. But we're going to have to wait and see truly where his health is at to the point of him being able to play or not play. We don't want to obviously risk more injury to him as well."

Losing Roquan Smith Thursday was a big blow for a defense that was already playing without Khalil Mack , Akiem Hicks and Danny Trevathan . Smith has been performing at an All-Pro level and is a highly-respected team leader. Here's what coach Matt Nagy said Friday about the fourth-year pro's value to the Bears: "I think everybody understands and knows how I feel about Roquan and the type of football player he is on Sunday, but I don't know if people truly understand who he is as a leader of this team—not just the defense, but the team in general. And so you see that happen with the hamstring and we'll keep an eye on it, and who knows how long it is. Keep your fingers crossed for that. But he's a big part of this thing. His true professionalism, the respect that he has from his teammates, from his coaches, it's rare. And he's only been getting better every year, and this year is probably his best year." Asked about the possibility of Smith being placed on injured reserve, Nagy said: "I hope not. We'll work through all that and we'll know more as the time goes." The Bears coach added that "everyone's a little bit different" when it comes to hamstring injuries, saying: "It depends on the magnitude and the level of hamstrings. Everybody gets them, and they're all probably a little bit different [based] on how many have you ever had in your career, how do you respond to them, all that. He'll be doing everything he can to get right." (Source: www.chicagobears.com)

Game

Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether the Bears have ever intercepted three different quarterbacks in the same game, contests in which the Bears have had two 100-yard rushers and why Jakeem Grant Sr. didn't take the last kickoff out of the end zone against the Steelers.

However, if what Nagy says about four days being too quick of a turnaround for Fields, then a 10-day rest for the Bears following Thursday's game could be what Fields needs to return. It all depends on the severity of his injury once the test results come back. (Source: www.sportingnews.com)

Start

Fields initially was believed to be dealing with bruised ribs, but a recent MRI revealed multiple small fractures. Andy Dalton started at quarterback during Thursday's win over the Lions, while Fields' status remains up in the air heading into Week 13. The rookie first-round pick's participation at practice next week should provide an idea of his availability heading into the matchup with the Cardinals on Sunday, Dec. 5. Bears coach Matt Nagy reiterated Friday that Fields will be the team's starting QB again once he's healthy, per Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic.

It’s easy to imagine a scenario where the Bears (4-7) – who are currently, somehow, only one game out of the final playoff spot in the NFC – might feel pressure to get Fields back in time for a stretch of season-defining games against the Cardinals, Packers and Vikings, but Nagy was adamant that everyone inside Halas Hall has been on the same page about his timeline from the start. Reports from various outlets around the league have mostly downplayed the severity of Fields' injury, including one from Jay Glazer of Fox Sports that suggested Fields would've been 50-50 to play if the Bears-Lions game had been played Sunday. Nagy wouldn’t didn’t get into many specifics about the process – it's only Monday, after all – but at the least, Fields' health seems to be trending in the right direction. (Source: www.audacy.com)

 

 

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