Bears QB Justin Fields Injured, Unlikely to Play Against Raiders

         

Summary: Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields is expected to miss a game due to a dislocated thumb, according to coach Matt Eberflus. Fields was injured in the Bears’ loss to the Minnesota Vikings and is doubtful for the upcoming game against the Las Vegas Raiders. Rookie Tyson Bagent is likely to start in his place. The Bears have also hired Phil Snow as a defensive analyst.

Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields is unlikely to play in the upcoming game against the Las Vegas Raiders due to a dislocated right thumb. Coach Matt Eberflus stated that it is doubtful Fields will be able to play after he sustained the injury in the Bears’ loss to the Minnesota Vikings. In Fields’ absence, rookie Tyson Bagent is expected to start as quarterback.

Additionally, the Bears have made a new addition to their coaching staff, hiring Phil Snow as a defensive analyst. This position was created after former defensive coordinator Alan Williams resigned. Snow, who previously served as the defensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers, will handle advance scouting for the Bears.

Fields injured his thumb during the first possession of the third quarter against the Vikings. X-rays showed no fractures, but Fields underwent an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of the injury. Eberflus mentioned that grip strength will be a key factor in Fields’ ability to return to the field. The Bears will have a better understanding of the situation towards the end of the week.

Fields’ injury adds complexity to the Bears’ decision regarding the quarterback position in the long term. With a record of 6-25 as a starter over three years, the Bears will need to decide whether to exercise the fifth-year option for Fields after the season. Prior to his injury, Fields had shown improvement in his performance as a passer, but struggled in the recent game against the Vikings. He completed 6 of 10 passes for 58 yards with an interception and was sacked four times. Bagent, who made his debut as a quarterback in the same game, completed 10 of 14 passes for 83 yards with an interception.

Phil Snow’s addition to the coaching staff is a notable move for the Bears. He previously worked with coach Eberflus and former Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli during their time with the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys respectively. Snow will work at Halas Hall but will not attend Bears games.

Tags: Justin Fields, Chicago Bears, Las Vegas Raiders, Injury, Quarterback, Tyson Bagent, Phil Snow, Defensive Analyst, Thumb Dislocation, NFL

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