The Chicago Bears are one of the worst teams in the 2023 NFL season. They are sitting at the bottom of the NFC North with a 2-5 mark. Besides that, their starting quarterback Justin Fields has been out of action after sustaining an injury in the third quarter of the match against the Vikings on Oct. 15.
Fields landed awkwardly when he was sacked and had to leave the match shortly afterward. Meanwhile, the Bears will be away from home as they face the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday night. Before the match, the franchise issued an official update regarding their quarterback situation, confirming the absence of their starting QB once again.
Bears QB Justin Fields has been officially sidelined
After dislocating his thumb on his right hand during the 13-19 loss to the Vikings, Fields has been taking time to recover. He couldn’t join the practice squad this week, and the Bears have officially ruled him out from the squad for the game against the Chargers on Sunday at SoFi Stadium. This Week 8 absence will mark his second consecutive absence this season.
On Friday, the Bears’ head coach, Matt Eberflus, provided an update on the signal-caller’s rehabilitation, stating that he is “progressing.” The HC also mentioned that their QB1 has been working diligently, and another update regarding his health will be disclosed on Monday, although he didn’t provide insight into the dual-threat’s return to the field.
“It’s good. Yeah, it’s good. He’s progressing. We’re happy with where he is. Again, he’s working with the trainers still this week, and we’ll give a better update on Monday,” he said via ESPN.
However, Eberflus also made a clear statement earlier, saying they would be loyal to Field. He stated that rookie Tyson Bagent performed exceptionally in place of the QB1, but Justin will surely resume his role as the starter when he recovers.
Tyson Bagent set to replace Justin Fields for NFL Week 8
The Bears let Bagent do the quarterbacking job in the match against the Las Vegas Raiders in week 7. He returned the favor by showcasing excellent athleticism on the field, eventually beating the Raiders to secure the Bears’ second victory of the season.
Following his impressive performance and Fields’ absence, the franchise has decided to bank on the former Division II star for week 8 as well. Eberflus earlier praised the small-town kid from West Virginia, saying he knows how to execute his role on the field.
“He understands the play design. He understands where it’s supposed to go, and he gets rid of it in a timely fashion.”
With on-point accuracy, magnificent ball throwing, and successful connections with several receivers, Bagent went 21-for-29 for 162 yards and one touchdown in his debut. Besides the passing game, he also showcased excellence by rushing the ball three times to gain a total of 24 yards and avoiding any negative plays.
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