In much more positive QB news… the #Bears have taken QB Justin Fields off the injury report and he'll play on Sunday. They'll also activate RB Khalil Herbert to play on Sunday.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 17, 2023
Chicago Bears QB Justin Fields: Lengthy Absence Approaching It’s End
Justin Fields has watched from the sidelines over the past month due to a thumb injury. Fields suffered the injury against the Vikings in Week 6, leaving the contest midway after completing 5-of-10 passes for 58 yards and a pick. The Ohio State product avoided a significant injury but suffered a dislocated thumb on his throwing hand during a third-quarter sack. Fields had a chance to start last week, but after back-to-back limited practices, the Bears opted to use rookie Tyson Bagent.
Fields has gone 100-of-162 for 1,201 yards and 11 touchdowns with six interceptions in 2023 for the Chicago Bears. He has also ran 47 times for 237 yards and a score. The former first-round pick has progressed in his passing game since throwing for a lowly 17 touchdowns against 11 picks last year. He struggled mightily as a passer during his rookie campaign, throwing for just 1,870 yards and seven touchdowns against ten picks. However, he has always been an elite running option, tallying 1,800 yards and 11 scores on the ground during his three-year NFL career.
Chicago Bears: Fields to Take Back the Controls from Tyson Bagent
Chicago Bears backup quarterback Tyson Bagent will return to the bench on Sunday. However, the 23-year-old rookie played well, going 2-2 as a starter and completing 66% of his passes. He did, however, struggle to push the ball downfield. He threw for 859 yards and three touchdowns against six picks. If anything happens to Fields, the undrafted free agent will get the call back into action again.