The Bears announced that neither Fields nor Siemian will start the game on Sunday. But Siemian followed suit.
Justin Fields, the quarterback for the Bears, has been designated as inactive with a left shoulder injury and won’t play against the Jets on Sunday. The scheduled starter, Trevor Siemian, suffered an oblique injury during warm-ups. He won’t start, according to the Bears, and Nathan Peterman, who was elevated from the practise squad on Saturday, will take his place.
However, Siemian continued to warm up beside Peterman and began regardless.
David Montgomery, a running back, serves as the backup quarterback.
Before the 10:30 a.m. cutoff for inactive players, Fields warmed up for around 15 minutes with the Bears’ other two quarterbacks. He raced between the goal line and the 40-yard line at MetLife Stadium while throwing passes to receivers. Fields, who was clad in a hooded sweatshirt, didn’t show any signs of distress.
On a fourth-quarter hit by the Falcons last week, Fields separated his left shoulder and sustained ligament damage. He was deemed doubtful for the Jets game after having little practise time all week.
Fields’ intentions will be announced by the coaching staff once he receives the go-ahead from the doctors and feels ready to play, according to head coach Matt Eberflus. Fields is the team’s best player, and the 3-8 Bears have already been ruled out of the NFC North race, so it looked doubtful that he would play all week. If the season ended right now, they would choose third overall.
This season, Siemian has only completed one pass. He started four games for the Saints last season but only had one win off the bench.
Peterman has only completed five passes since the conclusion of the 2018 season, his latest being a 32-point defeat against the Bears while playing for the Bills. He has spent the whole year on the Bears’ practise squad.
Up until Sunday, Fields had somehow not missed a play due to injury despite being the NFL’s top rusher and leading passer for an offence that ranked lowest in the league in throws. Due to rib and ankle ailments, as well as a positive coronavirus test, he was only able to start 10 games last season.
Although the Bears don’t intend to place Fields on injured reserve, they may not be motivated to have him play in the divisional matchup the following week. They play home to the Packers before a bye week, which is followed by the last four regular-season games.
Kyler Gordon at cornerback, Jaquan Brisker at safety, and Sterling Weatherford at linebacker had all been previously ruled out due to concussions. N’Keal Harry, an offensive lineman, and Alex Leatherwood, another offensive lineman, are all healthy scratches.
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