Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields has an ankle injury sustained during Monday night’s game against the Minnesota Vikings and limited to Wednesday’s training session at Halas Hall.
Fields said he straightened his ankle in the second quarter, but that didn’t bother him much until after the game.
“When you play the game, you have a lot of adrenaline,” Fields said. “So (second quarter) is when I first felt it, but I was still good enough to get through it. Of course, after the game and the next morning it got worse. But it got better this morning.
Bears coach Matt Nagy said he doesn’t expect Fields to miss Sunday’s game against Seattle Seahawks. Fields, who said he evaluates injury on a daily basis, missed weeks 12 and 13 because he was recovering from broken ribs.
“You always have to be smart … just like we treat every injury with every player,” Nagy said. “We will be more careful than anything else to make him feel better every day and every hour. Obviously he went through it, so now we just have to see how things go and see where he is for the rest of the week. ”
Reserve defender Andy Dalton has a left arm injury and is on the reserve / COVID-19 list. So if Fields can’t play, the Bears will potentially have to go to Nick Fowles.
Due to a short week of preparation, the Bears only had an indoor walk Wednesday, which Nagy says will include more mental representatives. The team still has 11 players on the COVID-19 roster, prompting the Bears to carry out only rounds last week.
Dalton, defender Allen Robinson, defender Tashaun Gipson, full-back Jylon Johnson, defensive linemen Bilal Nichols and Mario Edwards Jr., tight ends Jesse James and Jesper Horsted, inner midfielder Joel Iegbunive, running back Ryan Null and defender. Isaiah Coulter. The Bears have removed defender Eddie Jackson, tackle right-hand Larry Borom and midfielder Sam Kamaru from the roster.
Attack coordinator Bill Lazor and special teams coordinator Chris Tabor also did not come out, but Nagy said they may be closer to returning.
Nagy said he and Fields will continue to communicate to make sure the Bears don’t put him at risk by asking him to come back too soon after injury. But Nagy also emphasized the value of Fields getting more playing time in the past three weeks despite the Bears dropping out of the playoffs, saying the team must “go out and do whatever it takes to win, play together, work. for each other. ”
Fields said now is a good time for the Bears to gain experience for young players, as defender Thomas Graham Jr. did on Monday in his first NFL start.
“Just to end the season on a good note and give momentum to the offseason and next year,” Fields said. “We have a lot of young guys playing now, so this is a good opportunity for them to go to the pitch and see what it’s like to play. I hope we will continue to strengthen the young guys by making them play more confidently. ”
If Fields is ready for Sunday’s release, he will face the long-admired quarterback. Right after being drafted by the Bears, Fields said he had watched a lot of films about Russell Wilson and noted Wilson’s ability to expand the game, his deep ball, accuracy and lead as impressive qualities that he expanded on Wednesday.
“Russell is doing a great job expanding the shows, not just for himself, but for the successors they have,” Fields said. “They have a lot of explosive fights. This is what you can learn from Russell’s play. I’ve always respected him. What kind of person he is on and off the field. He is a great defender and a wonderful person. ”