Justin Fields injury update: Bears quarterback tweaked ankle, Nick Foles to start Week 16 matchup instead

Justin Fields injury update: Bears quarterback tweaked ankle, Nick Foles to start Week 16 matchup instead

One of five teams eliminated from playoff contention, the Bears got 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 dealing with an ankle injury, may or may not see game action, Nagy said.

The rookie signal caller didn’t practice on Thursday, according to the team’s injury report. He played 100 percent of the Bears’ offensive snaps in Monday’s 17-9 loss to the Vikings where he completed 26-of-39 passes for 285 yards and a touchdown.

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Fields said on Wednesday that he tweaked his ankle in the second quarter of that game against Minnesota.

“When you’re playing in the game, you’ve got a bunch of adrenaline going on and stuff,” Fields said. “That’s when I first 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 expected to be ready to play in this week’s matchup against Seattle and that he viewed himself as “day-to-day.” He won’t start, but whether he plays remains to be seen.

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The 11th overall pick in this year’s draft out of Ohio State, Fields has completed 58.9 percent of his passes for 1,870 yards and seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions through the air in 12 games, including 10 as the starter. He also has 72 carries for 420 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, making him the team’s second-leading rusher.





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