Chicago Bears head coach Matt Eberflus met with reporters on Wednesday as the team began their preparations for their game against the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday and there was little change in the message surrounding the injury to starting quarterback Justin Fields.
Fields dislocated his right thumb against the Minnesota Vikings and Eberflus deferred to the end of the week in regard to when a timeline would be provided in regard to Fields’ return.
"“I believe we’ll have some clarity later in the week hopefully,” Eberflus said. “But, again, nothing’s off the table, nothing’s on the table right now. We still gotta see where it is.”-Bears Wire via USA Today"
The Bears remain hopeful that Fields will be able to return without the requirement of a surgery but a surgical procedure has not been ruled out. In another sign that Fields will not be the starting quarterback on Sunday, rookie Tyson Bagent was the quarterback to meet with reporters on Wednesday.
Uncertainty continues to surround the health status of Chicago Bears starting quarterback Justin Fields as speculation over his future continues.
The speculated timeline for Fields is believed to be three to four weeks if it is deemed that surgery is not required. If surgery is required, then the timeline expands to six to eight weeks.
On Tuesday, in a sign that the Bears are expecting Fields to miss multiple weeks, the team did add former Penn State standout quarterback Trace McSorley to their practice squad. The expectation is that veteran quarterback Nathan Peterman will be elevated to the active roster by the end of the week in order to serve as the backup to Bagent.
It remains to be seen how much of an impact this injury will have on Fields’ future as the Bears’ starting quarterback after this season. Fields’ absence will increase the chances of the Bears once again having the top spot in the 2024 NFL Draft, and if that is the case, it would seem to be a certainty that the team will select USC superstar quarterback Caleb Williams.