It would appear that rookie quarterback Tyson Bagent will make a fourth-consecutive start when the Chicago Bears play the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night.
There was a hope that Bears starting quarterback Justin Fields would be able to return from the dislocated right thumb injury that has kept him sidelined for the past month and that appeared to be a trend when Fields returned to practice last Friday.
While Fields was able to practice and throw the ball without a glove on his throwing hand during practice on Wednesday, the Bears listed their starting quarterback as doubtful on the official injury report for the game.
Tyson Bagent will be the starting quarterback on Thursday night when the Chicago Bears play the Carolina Panthers.
Assuming Bagent does indeed start for the Bears on Thursday night, that seemingly would put Fields in a position to return for their Week 11 game against the Detroit Lions. With there being 10 days before that game after Thursday, Fields should have ample time to prepare for the start.
The only ask for Bears fans on Thursday night is not to forget the four-turnover performance that Bagent had against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. And to the fans who are saying that Bagent deserves an opportunity to prove that he can bounce back from a poor performance, make sure you look in the mirror and realize that you are looking at the person who would be calling Fields a bust if he had the same performance in his third career start.
Regardless of whether or not Fields is the answer at the quarterback position for the Bears beyond this season the best possible outcome for the rest of the team’s season is for Fields to return and play well. Through that scenario, the Bears would have either have their quarterback in Fields or Fields would have replenished his trade value if the team could select Caleb Williams or Drake Maye in the 2024 NFL Draft.