Justin Fields has a dislocated left shoulder and his status ahead of Sunday’s game against the New York Jets is unclear. This is reported by Jan Rapoport of the NFL Network..
The Chicago Bears quarterback apparently got injured in Sunday’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons and survived. Bears head coach Matt Eberfluth declined to go into detail about the injury early Monday morning, but noted that Fields was considered an everyday man. The injury is related to the non-throwing shoulder.
Fields’ pain was evident on Sunday. He was seen clutching his injured shoulder several times and left the game on a cart after tackling Chicago’s last ball.
He told reporters after the game that he had been tested on his shoulder and admitted that “the pain is very strong now.”
Any lost time or continued restrictions will mar the year two quarterback’s breakout season. After seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions as a rookie, Fields has totaled 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions while averaging 149.3 passing yards per game in 2022. carry as the NFL’s fifth leading racer.
While his breakthrough resulted in an improvement in the Bears’ offense, his playing style resulted in severe physical punishment. Fields exposes himself to tackles every time he takes the ball and runs away. Meanwhile, he leads the league in sacking with 40 sacks on a 238-yard loss.
While Fields’ continued development is a priority, his long-term health is more important. The Bears have nothing to play for with a 3-8 record. Don’t expect them to rush him back onto the field until he’s physically ready to play.