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The Bears have ruled out Dalton for Sunday's game at Cleveland, Dan Graziano of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: In the aftermath of the Bears' Week 2 win against the Bengals, Dalton was diagnosed with a bone bruise, which will result in at least one game missed. Coach Matt Nagy has reiterated all along that Dalton will start once he's healthy enough to do so, with his next chance coming Sunday, Oct. 3 versus the Lions. With Dalton sidelined this weekend, though, rookie Justin Fields will get his first career start, while Nick Foles serves as the backup QB.
Sep 22, 2021 1:10 PM EST
With Dalton dealing with a knee issue, coach Matt Nagy announced Wednesday that Justin Fields will start Sunday's game against the Browns.
Analysis: Per Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com, Nick Foles is in line to serve as the Bears' No. 2 quarterback Sunday, while coach Matt Nagy reiterated that Dalton -- who is on track to be officially ruled out by the team as the week progresses -- is viewed as Chicago's starting QB, when healthy. For now, the veteran signal-caller should be viewed as week-to-week.
Sep 22, 2021 10:07 AM EST
Dalton (knee) is considered week-to-week and appears unlikely to start Sunday's game against the Browns, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Though the Bears haven't officially ruled Dalton out for Week 3 and head coach Matt Nagy said Monday that the veteran would remain the team's top quarterback when healthy, rookie first-round pick Justin Fields looks to be trending toward the starting nod Sunday. An MRI has cleared Dalton of any structural damage to the left knee he injured in the Week 2 win over the Bengals, but he's still tending to a painful bone bruise that could make a full recovery difficult in a seven-day window. Given that Dalton joined the Bears on a one-year deal this offseason with the plan of having him serve as a bridge option to Fields, it's possible that Dalton loses hold of the starting job for good if the youngster acquits himself well against a tough Cleveland squad.
Sep 21, 2021 11:45 AM EST
Dalton (knee) has undergone an MRI which confirmed the nature of his injury to be a bone bruise, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: The Bears have already declared that Dalton will remain the starter if healthy, but even though the nature of the veteran signal-caller's injury has now been revealed, his recovery timetable remains undisclosed. If Dalton is cleared to suit up Week 3 without missing any time, he will lead Chicago's offense in Cleveland on Sept. 26. On the other hand, if Dalton needs time on the sideline to get healthy, Justin Fields will stand to make his first NFL start while Nick Foles handles backup duties.
Sep 20, 2021 11:32 AM EST
Dalton (knee) will start versus the Browns in Week 3 if healthy enough to suit up, Adam Hoge of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Analysis: Dalton will remain Chicago's starter if healthy, but the Bears are still waiting for the results of further tests on the veteran quarterback's knee. Initial results were at least encouraging to rule out such severe injuries as an ACL tear or MCL damage, and as things currently stand it appears that Dalton is dealing with a bone bruise. Rookie first-round pick Justin Fields played the entire second half of Sunday's 20-17 over the Bengals in relief of Dalton, but he struggled and only completed six of 13 passes for 60 yards, including an interception that nearly allowed Cincinnati to make a comeback.
Sep 20, 2021 10:44 AM EST
Dalton (knee) did not suffer a torn ACL or MCL according to initial medical examinations, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Dalton was forced out of Sunday's 20-17 win over the Bengals in the second quarter after coming up lame during a 14-yard scramble, though he did briefly return for the next drive before heading to the locker room. Chicago's initial diagnosis for Dalton's injury is a bone bruise, which could force him to miss some time depending on severity, but it's certainly good news that the veteran has avoided a season-ending knee issue such as an ACL tear. Further tests will reveal a recovery timetable for Dalton. Rookie first-round pick Justin Fields would stand to handle duties under center if the 33-year-old veteran can't suit up for next weekend's road matchup in Cleveland.
Sep 20, 2021 8:00 AM EST
Coach Matt Nagy said Sunday that the Bears will have a better sense of Dalton's knee injury once the quarterback undergoes additional tests, Adam Hoge of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Analysis: When asked if Dalton suffered an ACL injury, Nagy said, "I'm pretty sure that we can ruled that out." As evidence, Nagy told Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune that Dalton was the emergency option at QB in the second half of Sunday's 20-17 win. Dalton didn't end up returning to the contest, finishing Week 2 with 56 yards and one touchdown on 9-for-11 passing to go with two carries for 25 yards. Meanwhile, rookie Justin Fields didn't do much with an expanded role, completing six for 13 passes for 60 yards and an interception and 10 carries for 31 yards. Considering Nagy's comments, the Bears will have a better idea of their situation under center in the next 24-48 hours.
Sep 19, 2021 1:41 PM EST
Dalton (knee) has been downgraded to doubtful to return to Sunday's game against the Bengals, Doug Kyed of Pro Football Focus reports.
Analysis: Dalton was originally considered questionable to return, but it now appears his day has come to an early end. Justin Fields will handle the duties under center the rest of the day barring an unexpected change in Dalton's status.
Sep 19, 2021 12:10 PM EST
Dalton (knee) is questionable to return to Sunday's contest against the Bengals, Jason Lieser of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Analysis: Dalton came up lame the end of a 14-yard scramble early in the second quarter and left the game for the rest of that possession. He returned on the next drive but went to the locker room thereafter, when he was diagnosed with a knee injury. If he's unable to return, Dalton will finish Week 2 having completed nine of 10 passes for 56 yards and one TD to go with two carries for 25 yards. Justin Fields took over under center for Dalton.
Sep 19, 2021 11:11 AM EST
Coach Matt Nagy said Dalton will start against the Rams in Week 1, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Analysis: Nagy said the Bears need to see Dalton in the regular season, which may or may not be his reason for standing by journeyman veteran over Justin Fields, the 11th overall pick from the 2021 draft. The Bears offensive line is questionable and might be uniquely vulnerable to Week 1 opponent Aaron Donald, so it wouldn't be shocking if the Bears wanted to keep Fields out of those treacherous waters. With that said, even if the Bears are in part trying to protect Fields, Dalton could earn a longer leash if he plays competently in that tough matchup. As much as Fields is the inevitable future for the Bears, it seems Nagy is committed to giving Dalton at least one chance to prove himself in 2021.
Aug 21, 2021 3:19 PM EST
Dalton completed 11 of his 17 pass attempts for 146 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Saturday's preseason game against Buffalo.
Analysis: Dalton played the entire first half, leading six offensive drives. Half of those possessions ended after three plays, with an interception ending an additional drive. Dalton did connect with Rodney Adams for a 73-yard touchdown midway through the second quarter, making up the majority of his production on the day. The Bears seem willing to stick with Dalton as their starting quarterback to begin the season, but he's unlikely to hold onto the role for the entire campaign.
Aug 21, 2021 2:55 PM EST
Coach Matt Nagy said Dalton will play at least a quarter and a half in Saturday's preseason game against Buffalo, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Analysis: Justin Fields (groin) is expected to play, but Dalton nonetheless figures to play most or all of the first half, presumably gearing up for the Week 1 start. While the rookie figures to take over at some point, Nagy still seems to be prepping 33-year-old Dalton for September.
Aug 19, 2021 7:14 AM EST
Dalton completed two of four passes for 18 yards in Saturday's preseason game against Miami.
Analysis: Dalton played two drives, both three-and-outs. Rookie QB Justin Fields then went three-and-out on his first three series, before putting up 17 points (with an eight-yard rushing TD and 30-yard passing TD) over his final four drives. Coach Matt Nagy has been clear about viewing Dalton as his Week 1 starter, but Fields hasn't wasted any time building his case to take over sooner than later. Both quarterbacks figure to take snaps in Chicago's second preseason game Aug. 21 against the Bills.
Aug 14, 2021 12:45 PM EST
Dalton will start Saturday's preseason opener against Miami but may be removed after one drive, Adam Jahns of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: It sounds like Dalton will play one or two drives, depending on what happens with the first. Meanwhile, rookie Justin Fields is scheduled for far more playing time, likely replacing Dalton in the first/second quarter and then playing into the second half. Matt Nagy has made multiple comments about Dalton being his starting quarterback, but an impressive August from Fields could have the Bears coach singing a different tune come September.
Aug 12, 2021 8:55 AM EST
Although the Bears have affirmed Dalton as the Week 1 starter, coach Matt Nagy dodged a question as to whether Justin Fields can impress enough in camp to win the job Alyssa Barbieri of USA Today reports.
Analysis: As of now, there's no reason to expect the Bears to change their stance on Dalton beginning the year under center, but after Nagy's lack of immediate support for the team's current plan, there may be an element of doubt. It's possible that performances in preseason games could change who's named the Week 1 quarterback, but it's nothing more than speculation as training camp is set to open.
Jul 27, 2021 2:43 PM EST
Dalton may open the year as the Bears No. 1 quarterback before eventually turning the job over to Justin Fields
Analysis: Although Dalton was signed in free agency to start under center, once the team spent significant draft capital to move up to the 11th pick, it's likely the Bears will turn to Fields as soon as they feel he's ready to lead the offense. Even before the draft, Dalton was unlikely to be valued inside the top-20 quarterbacks in fantasy drafts, and now it appears his value is little more than early-season depth in leagues that start two quarterbacks.
Apr 30, 2021 10:17 AM EST
General manager Ryan Pace confirmed Friday that he views Dalton as the Bears' starting quarterback, Adam Hoge of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Analysis: The Bears had already listed Dalton as the "QB1" heading into OTAs, but to see Pace so openly talk of him as the starter would seem to confirm that a competition with Nick Foles isn't being seriously considered. Per Hoge, the general manger discussed Dalton's style of play -- specifically his affinity for play-action, RPOs and ability to drop back -- as being a good fit for coach Matt Nagy's offense. Dalton should certainly offer Chicago more consistency under center than Mitchell Trubisky did in recent years, but it's also fair to question the fantasy ceiling of a 33-year-old quarterback who only managed two 4,000-yard passing seasons in nine years as a starter.
Apr 2, 2021 8:34 AM EST
Dalton is expected to be the Bears' starting quarterback in 2021.
Analysis: Dalton was expected to compete with Nick Foles for the starting job in 2021 after Mitchell Trubisky left for Buffalo in free agency. However, the Bears' social media account indicated Wednesday that Dalton is already considered "QB1" for next season. Perhaps this is a sign that the team will move on from Foles as well. The 33-year-old Dalton was serviceable in place of Dak Prescott (ankle) last season, completing 65 percent of his passes for 2,170 yards (6.5 YPA), 14 touchdowns and eight interceptions. With Allen Robinson sticking around on the franchise tag, Dalton will have at least one elite pass-catcher at his disposal.
Mar 24, 2021 5:27 PM EST
The Bears and Dalton agreed to a one-year, $10 million contract Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: With Chicago poised to move on from 2017 second overall pick Mitchell Trubisky, the team has brought Dalton into its quarterback room, seemingly to compete with Nick Foles for the starting gig. Dalton filled in for Dak Prescott last season following his season-ending ankle injury, completing 65 percent of his passes for 2,170 yards, 14 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 11 contests. There are moving parts in the Bears offense, but Dalton at least will have the franchise-tagged Allen Robinson at his disposal in the passing game.
Mar 16, 2021 2:05 PM EST
Dalton completed 29 of 47 pass attempts for 243 yards and one interception while adding 48 yards on seven carries during Sunday's 23-19 loss to the Giants.
Analysis: Dalton, who struggled mightily in the early going, finished averaging just 5.2 yards per attempt while completing 62 percent of his passes. He steadied the ship and led his team into the red zone with a chance to win late, only to throw an interception in the end zone in the face of relentless pressure. Dalton came into this one with an impressive 9:2 TD:INT over the last four games, but he couldn't get the job done in this one with a potential playoff spot on the line. The veteran showed he can still perform at times this season and will now enter free agency perhaps in hopes of earning another chance to start.
Jan 3, 2021 2:03 PM EST
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