Justin Fields

Chicago Bears
Quarterback #1
Chicago Bears
Quarterback #1
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Showing progress in Getsy's offense

Bears OC Luke Getsy recently said Fields is "light years ahead of where he was" at the same point last offseason, Collen Kane of The Chicago Tribune reports.

Analysis: Fields is entering his third pro season and second year in Getsy's offense after running for 1,143 yards and eight TDs in 15 games last season. It wasn't all good, of course, as Fields took a league-high 55 sacks and fumbled a league-high 16 times for a pathetic Bears team that got the No. 1 pick. They then traded that pick for a package that included WR DJ Moore, and later used a first-rounder on OT Darnell Wright and a fourth-rounder on WR Tyler Scott, giving Fields a lot more help than he had last season. The 24-year-old's progress as a passer is still a major question mark, but the running alone should make him useful for fantasy and suggests massive upside if the Bears are able to throw the ball effectively. With Darnell Mooney (ankle) and Chase Claypool complementing Moore, the team won't lack for speed or athleticism on the perimeter.

May 7, 2023 7:01 PM EST

Ruled out for Week 18

Fields is dealing with a strain in his hip and has been ruled out for Sunday's season finale against the Vikings.

Analysis: With Fields slated to sit out the contest out, Nathan Peterman will start at QB for the Bears in Week 18. Fields thus finishes his 2022 campaign having completed 192 of 318 passing attempts for 2,242 yards, 17 touchdowns and 11 interceptions to go along with 160 carries for 1,143 yards and eight rushing scores in 15 games. Looking ahead to next season, Fields' dual-threat ability will keep him on the fantasy radar, though we'd expect that the 2021 first-rounder will be working with several new pass-catching options in 2023.

Jan 4, 2023 9:57 AM EST

Mixed results in defeat

Fields completed seven of 21 passes for 75 yards with a touchdown and interception along with 132 rushing yards on 10 carries in the Bears' 41-10 loss to the Lions on Sunday.

Analysis: Fields had 100 rushing yards and his touchdown in the first quarter, but he was held in check the rest of the way. This was his second disappointing fantasy performance in a row, though he'll have a chance to end the year on a high note next week at home against the Vikings.

Jan 1, 2023 1:04 PM EST

Good to go for Week 17

Fields (foot) isn't listed on Chicago's Week 17 injury report ahead of Sunday's game in Detroit.

Analysis: Fields has been playing through a left shoulder injury since Week 13 and had his foot stepped on in Saturday's loss to Buffalo, with the QB noting Wednesday that the latter injury is "fine" after he dealt with some swelling the past few days, per Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times. Coach Matt Eberflus said Monday that he won't shut Fields down for the season so long as he's healthy enough to play, and that's apparently the case for Week 17 in a potential shootout with the Lions.

Dec 28, 2022 1:26 PM EST

Won't be shut down for season

Head coach Matt Eberflus said Monday that Fields won't be shut down for the Bears' final two games of the season, even though the quarterback has been playing through a left shoulder injury since Week 13 and had his foot stepped on during the Week 16 loss to the Bills, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The 3-12 Bears don't have much at stake for the final two weeks of the season, but that apparently won't prompt the team to exercise caution with the second-year signal-caller, who wasn't able to put full weight on his foot following the Week 16 contest but is expected to be "good to go" for Sunday's game in Detroit. Meanwhile, the injury to Fields' non-throwing shoulder is more of a nagging issue than one that dramatically hinders his performance, so at this stage, Eberflus is viewing the 23-year-old as healthy and available to play. Though the Bears have downplayed any concern about Fields, it's possible offensive coordinator Luke Getsy calls fewer designed runs for the quarterback over the next two weeks to limit the strain on his injured foot. After recording no fewer than 47 rushing yards in any of his previous 11 outings, Fields carried seven times for a season-low 11 yards in the 35-13 loss to Buffalo.

Dec 27, 2022 8:59 AM EST

Muted performance in loss

Fields completed 15 of 23 passes for 119 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions and rushed seven times for 11 yards in the Bears' 35-13 loss to the Bills on Saturday. He also recovered a fumble.

Analysis: Fields averaged just 5.2 yards per attempt and took a pair of sacks while turning in lowest rushing yardage total of the campaign. The highly mobile signal-caller's one touchdown toss came to Dante Pettis from six yards out for the first score of the game for either squad, giving Fields at least one score through the air in nine of the last 10 games. He'll next draw a much more fantasy-friendly matchup in a Week 17 road divisional clash with the Lions on Sunday, Jan. 1.

Dec 24, 2022 2:07 PM EST

Throws two TDs in loss

Fields completed 14 of 21 passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns while rushing 15 times for 95 yards in Sunday's 25-20 loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: As usual, Fields struggled with his arm but made big plays with his legs. He threw an incomplete pass on 4th-and-3 from Philadelphia's 32-yard line to end Chicago's opening drive but then used his scrambling ability to pick up 39 yards on 2nd-and-27 in the second quarter. Fields stepping on the sideline is the only thing that kept him from scoring a 48-yard touchdown on that play, and David Montgomery picked up the last nine yards on the next snap to put the Bears up 6-3. The 23-year-old quarterback threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Montgomery in the third and a 35-yarder to Byron Pringle late in the fourth but ultimately fell short in this battle of mobile young quarterbacks against Jalen Hurts, who had three rushing touchdowns. Fields' leg stiffened up at the end of a second-half run and he was replaced by Nathan Peterman for one play. Even though Fields promptly returned, his propensity for taking big hits will make him vulnerable in Week 16 against a Bills defense that toes the line between physical and dirty.

Dec 18, 2022 1:45 PM EST

Returns to practice in full

Fields (illness) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Fields needed just one day to shake off the illness that prevented him from taking part in the Bears' first practice session Wednesday following the team's Week 14 bye. The bye week came at a particularly convenient time for Fields, who sat out the Bears' Week 12 loss to the Jets with a separated non-throwing shoulder before returning to action for the team's Week 13 loss to the Packers. The fact that Fields isn't listed with the shoulder issue on the Bears' Week 15 injury report suggests it's not anything the team is overly concerned about moving forward.

Dec 15, 2022 1:00 PM EST

Set to miss practice Wednesday

Fields (illness) won't practice Wednesday, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Analysis: Though Fields isn't practicing Wednesday,Biggs adds that coach Matt Eberflus indicates that the QB is "day-to-day" and it's anticipated at this stage that Fields will be able to play Sunday against the Eagles.

Dec 14, 2022 9:49 AM EST

Costly turnovers in return

Fields completed 20 of 25 passes for 254 yards and two interceptions in Sunday's 28-19 loss to the Packers. He also rushed six times for 71 yards and a touchdown.

Analysis: Fields returned from his one-game absence to make a big impact early, ripping off a 55-yard touchdown run during the first quarter. The signal-caller subsequently completed long passes of 56 and 49 yards and racked up a streak of double-digit completions prior to a pair of costly turnovers to end the game. With interceptions in opposing territory on both of his last two drives, Fields' day ended on a sour note despite his otherwise efficient and explosive effort. He'll now embark on Chicago's bye week prior to facing the first-place Eagles in Week 15.

Dec 4, 2022 1:15 PM EST

Will return Sunday

Fields (shoulder) practiced fully Friday and doesn't have a designation for Sunday's contest against the Packers, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: With back-to-back uncapped practices under his belt to cap Week 13 prep, Fields is healthy enough to play through the dislocated shoulder with partially torn ligaments in his left, non-throwing shoulder. He'll thus miss just one game as a result, and his upcoming foe is a familiar one in an NFC North rival. Green Bay's defense allowed Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts to run rampant for 157 yards on 17 carries this past Sunday, so Fields has an appealing matchup with which to continue his run of success prior to sitting out Week 12.

Dec 2, 2022 11:56 AM EST

Upgrades to full practice

Fields (shoulder) was listed as a full participant in Thursday's practice, Adam Jahns of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: According to Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic, offensive coordinator Luke Getsy implied earlier Thursday that Fields would be listed as a limited participant in practice for the second day in a row, but the quarterback was more extensively involved in the session than the Bears initially anticipated. The development can only be seen as a positive sign for Fields' chances of returning to the starting role this weekend against the Packers, after he sat out the Bears' Week 12 loss to the Jets while recovering from an AC joint sprain to his non-throwing shoulder. Trevor Siemian received the starting assignment last week but played through an oblique injury that has now kept him from practicing Wednesday or Thursday, so the Bears could need to turn to waiver pickup Tim Boyle or practice-squad member Nathan Peterman to handle backup duties Sunday if Fields is able to start, as anticipated.

Dec 1, 2022 12:52 PM EST

Set for another limited practice

Bears offensive coordinator Luke Getsy said Fields (shoulder) will be a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: After Fields sat out last week's loss to the Jets due to partial ligament tears in his non-throwing shoulder, the Bears are managing his practice reps carefully. He was able to practice on a limited basis from Wednesday through Friday last week before he was inactive for the matchup with the Jets, so his continued limitations make it difficult to discern whether he's truly trending toward a return to the lineup this Sunday against the Packers. Fields may still be in a better spot on the health front than last week's starter, Trevor Siemian, who is a non-participant in practice for the second day in a row while he contends with an oblique injury he suffered in pregame warmups last Sunday. The Bears signed Tim Boyle to the 53-man roster Wednesday to add a healthy body to the position group, and he and practice-squad signal-caller Nathan Peterman could both end up dressing against the Packers if neither Fields nor Siemian are available.

Dec 1, 2022 10:12 AM EST

Begins week with limited practice

Coach Matt Eberflus said Wednesday that Fields (shoulder) will practice in a limited capacity and that his status for Sunday's game against the Packers remains unclear, Jason Lieser of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Analysis: Eberflus called Fields day-to-day, per Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribuneg, while Andrew Siciliano of NFL Network reports that he said the quarterback "continues to improve." Fields' injury is to his left, non-throwing shoulder, and it appears that he could have a real chance of returning to action Week 13. Meanwhile, backup Trevor Siemian (oblique) is not practicing Wednesday, and the Bears have signed Tim Boyle from the Lions' practice squad to provide extra depth.

Nov 30, 2022 9:50 AM EST

Has chance to return in Week 13

Coach Matt Eberflus said after Sunday's 31-10 road loss to the Jets that Fields (shoulder) remains "day-to-day" and will have a chance to play next Sunday against the Packers, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports. "We think that he's getting better," Eberflus added.

Analysis: Near the end of a Week 11 loss in Atlanta, Fields suffered a separated shoulder that included partially torn ligaments in his left, non-throwing arm. The injury resulted in a cap on his practice reps Wednesday through Friday, but it wasn't enough to gain clearance for game action. Eberflus elaborated on the decision Sunday, telling Cronin that Fields "did not have the strength to protect himself in the game properly and perform the way he wanted to perform." Fields may not need to log a full practice during Week 13 prep in order to suit up next weekend, but it would help his case as he seeks to return to action. Working in place of Fields this Sunday, Trevor Siemian completed 14 of 25 passes for 179 yards, one touchdown and one interception and recorded four carries for eight yards.

Nov 27, 2022 1:44 PM EST

Inactive Sunday, as expected

Fields (shoulder) is inactive for Sunday's game at the Jets.

Analysis: When Fields was seen wincing and grabbing at his left, non-throwing shoulder near the end of last Sunday's loss in Atlanta, the table was set for the biggest fantasy question mark of Week 12 considering his production over the last six games (963 yards and 10 TDs through the air, 640 yards and six more TDs on the ground). On Wednesday, he revealed the extent of his injury, saying he was tending to a separated shoulder with partially torn ligaments. He still managed limited practices all week, and his availability came down to a game-time decision. Ultimately, though, the Bears will exercise caution and give Fields the week off, allowing Trevor Siemian to direct the offense and practice-squad call-up Nathan Peterman to serve as his backup. Fields will turn his attention to getting healthy enough to play Sunday, Dec. 4 versus the Packers.

Nov 27, 2022 8:32 AM EST

Not likely to play in Week 12

Fields (shoulder) will get a chance to warm up before Sunday's game at the Jets, but he doesn't seem likely to be available, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Fellow NFL insider Adam Schefter of ESPN backed up Rapoport's assessment, which will be confirmed, one way or another, about 90 minutes before Sunday's 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff. Assuming Fields doesn't gain clearance to play through the separated shoulder with partially torn ligaments that he sustained in his left, non-throwing arm near the end of last Sunday's loss in Atlanta, the Bears will turn to Trevor Siemian under center, with the recently elevated Nathan Peterman backing him up. In that scenario, Fields' next chance to suit up will arrive Sunday, Dec. 4 against the Packers.

Nov 26, 2022 7:39 PM EST

Status in question

The Bears elevated third-string quarterback Nathan Peterman on Saturday, which would seem to signal Fields' (shoulder) eventual absence ahead of the Week 12 matchup, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: It's important to note the Bears did not rule out Fields as of now, but NFL teams typically do not carry three active quarterbacks on the gameday roster, so this elevation is especially noteworthy. The dynamic dual-threat quarterback was a limited participant in practice all week, but should he eventually be ruled inactive ahead of the 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff, Trevor Siemian would likely get the start.

Nov 26, 2022 10:56 AM EST

Deemed questionable, game-time call

Fields (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jets, with coach Matt Eberflus telling reports Friday, "we've got 48 hours to assess that," Larry Mayer of the Bears' official site reports.

Analysis: The Bears listed Fields as a limited practice participant Friday for the third straight day, and Eberflus' comments afterward suggest the quarterback is truly questionable and should be viewed as a game-time decision ahead of the 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff. His running could be scaled back somewhat if he ends up playing, as Fields acknowledged Wednesday that he's feeling significant pain from the separation and partial ligament tear in his non-throwing shoulder. Trevor Siemian will get the start if Fields doesn't this Sunday.

Nov 25, 2022 11:59 AM EST

Another limited listing Thursday

Fields (shoulder) was limited in practice Thursday.

Analysis: On Wednesday, Fields clarified the nature of the injury to his left, non-throwing arm, calling it a separated shoulder with partially torn ligaments. So far, he's had a cap on his reps this week, leaving just one more opportunity to log a full practice Friday. Fields also told Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune that he intends to play Week 12 if he believes he can protect the shoulder in question. Having said that, if Fields receives a questionable designation for Sunday's contest at the Jets, his status won't be confirmed until 90 minutes before a 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff. Trevor Siemian is on hand to start at quarterback for the Bears if Fields is deemed unable to do so.

Nov 24, 2022 11:43 AM EST

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