One of five teams eliminated from the playoffs, the Bears were dealt another blow when coach Matt Nagy announced Nick Foles as the team’s Week 16 starter instead of rookie Justin Fields on Sunday against Seattle.
Fields, who is undergoing treatment for an ankle injury, may or may not be able to watch the game, Nagy said.
The rookie signal caller did not practice on Thursday, according to the team’s injury report. He played 100% of the Bears’ attacks in Monday’s 17-9 loss to the Vikings, where he completed 26 of 39 passes in 285 yards and a touchdown.
Field speak on Wednesday that he had his ankle corrected in the second quarter of the game against Minnesota.
“When you’re playing in the game, you’re going to have an adrenaline rush and stuff,” Fields said. “It was the first time I felt it, but I was still good enough to play through it. It got worse after the game and the next morning, but it felt better. [Wednesday morning]. “
At the time, he was expected to be ready to play in this week’s midweek game against Seattle, and he considers himself “day in and day out.” He won’t start, but whether he will play or not remains to be seen.
The 11th overall pick in this year’s draft outside of Ohio State, Fields completed 58.9% of his passes in 1,870 yards and seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions in the air in 12 games , of which 10 times is the starter. He also had 72 runs for 420 yards and two touchdowns, making him the team’s second top driver.