- Over the last five weeks, opposing defense have found Justin Fields to be nearly unstoppable.
- Unfortunately for the Chicago Bears quarterback, though, a left shoulder injury will stop him in Week 12.
- Fields is officially inactive for the Bears’ game Sunday against the host New York Jets. Trevor Siemian will start for Chicago.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Bears quarterback Justin Fields will not play against the Jets on Sunday due to a left shoulder injury.
Sunday morning, Chicago made the news official when Fields was added to the team’s inactive list.
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Fields was limited in practice for the last week as he coped with what he told reporters on Wednesday was “a separated shoulder with partially torn ligaments.” On Week 11’s opening play of the Bears’ final drive against the Falcons, the talented second-year quarterback suffered an injury to his throwing shoulder.
Bears head coach Matt Eberflus informed reporters throughout the week that the team regarded Fields “day to day” and would not play him unless he was ready. Eberflus declared on Friday that the 23-year-old would be a game-time decision as the team continued to evaluate his condition.
The decision by Chicago to finally bench Fields shows that his shoulder is not fully healed and may require further time to prevent future harm.
Despite suffering an injury late in the Falcons’ 27–24 victory against Atlanta on Sunday, Fields was able to complete the game. In addition to 85 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown, he finished the day with 153 passing yards, one touchdown pass, and an interception.
While the Bears’ (3–8) 3–8 campaign in 2022 has been another difficult one, Fields has been a bright spot, with the quarterback making progress as a passer and displaying exceptional running ability to historic success in recent weeks. Fields has accumulated 1,642 passing yards, 13 touchdown passes, and eight interceptions on the season, in addition to 834 running yards and seven rushing scores.