Coach Matt Eberflus and Chicago Bears players spoke with reporters Monday at Halas Hall after Sunday’s 27-24 road loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
Here are four things we learned about quarterback Justin Fields and the Bears’ Week 12 game at the New York Jets.
1. Eberflus said Fields is ‘day to day’ with a left shoulder injury.
Fields injured his shoulder when he landed on it hard while going out of bounds on the offense’s final drive against the Falcons. He had tests on it immediately after the game, and NFL Network reported Monday night that Fields dislocated his shoulder.
Eberflus, who has been evasive with injury details this year, declined to provide much of an update, saying the Bears would reveal more when the injury report comes out Wednesday. He called the injury “day to day” but also declined to rule out the possibility it might be season-ending.
Eberflus acknowledged the Bears have to weigh the long-term effects of Fields playing, given that he takes a lot of hits as a frequent runner and that Fields said he thinks the injury affects his throwing motion a little bit.
“That’s a good point. Certainly, all those things have to be looked at,” Eberflus said. “When you’re looking at an injury for any player, what are the long-term effects of that and then where is it? Is it something that we can play through or is it something that we can have rest?”
If Fields can’t play against the Jets, the Bears would turn to backup Trevor Siemian, who has started 29 games since 2015, including four for the New Orleans Saints last year.
Eberflus said it wouldn’t take much for the Bears to transition to Siemian this week if needed.
“We would just lean on one side of the offense as opposed to leaning on the side that we expanded to, to a certain degree,” Eberflus said. “So that would be a pretty easy transition. Trevor is obviously a very smart individual, a very good passer, has a great grasp on the offense. He’s been here since day one. High functional intelligence. So we’ll be excited about that guy.”
Running back David Montgomery said it would be difficult to play without Fields, who has thrown for 1,642 yards and 13 touchdowns and rushed for 834 yards and seven touchdowns this year.
“It’d be very different … losing Justin, who he is and what he means to this team and to this offense,” Montgomery said. “Yeah, it’s going to be super difficult to not have him. But you know, Coach (Luke Getsy) and the offense, we prepare all those guys the same. Whether it’s Nate (Peterman) or Trev or whoever it is, we’re all prepared to roll. Justin’s always ready to roll too.”
2. Eberflus said the second play of the Bears’ final drive was a mistake.
Getsy’s play calling on the final three offensive plays was a topic of debate Monday.
Fields’ injury came on a designed run that went for 1 yard on first down. On second down, after he clearly had injured …read more
Source:: The Denver Post – Sports