Chicago Bears rookie Justin Fields will make his first career NFL start this Sunday due to Andy Dalton’s knee injury, head coach Matt Nagy told reporters. Fields completed six of his 13 passes and threw for 60 yards with an interception. He rushed ten times for 31 yards against the Cincinnati Bengals.
“It’s a great opportunity for Justin and for all of us as a staff to be able to take this thing and see where he goes with this,” Nagy said of Fields’ first starting opportunity.
Chicago Bears Optimistic about Fields
Nick Foles a former Super Bowl-winning quarterback will be backing up Fields this Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. Fields has been optimistic and is looking forward to the opportunity to start. Many believed he deserved to be the starter coming out of the draft as they drafted him 15th overall.
“I’ve been preparing for this moment for a long time,” Fields said. “My mindset doesn’t change. I’m still going to have to play my football and just prepare the best I can. Like I said before, get a lot of practice reps and study, study, study, and get more comfortable and confident with the plays and stuff like that.”
Unfortunately, Dalton suffered a knee injury against the Bengals this past weekend. He landed awkwardly on the Chicago bench after a scramble. His knee appeared to buckle, and he immediately pointed in Fields direction to take over the game. They proceeded to head back to the tent to be looked over by the Bear’s staff. He seemed to bounce back as he reentered the game on the series right before halftime. Later, he was eventually ruled out and didn’t appear for the remainder of the game.
Nagy emphasized once healthy Dalton will regain the starter status. He didn’t go into too much detail but he did say Dalton was week-to-week and that he would be placed on the injured reserve (IR).
“Andy is still battling through his injury,” Nagy said. “As I said to you the other day, we’re glad that it’s not his ACL. We’re not expecting him to practice today or to have him available this week, so he’ll be week-to-week.”