After missing last Sunday's game against the Jets with a left shoulder injury, Bears quarterback Justin Fields said that he was feeling better heading into Wednesday's practice compared to a week ago and has made progress "each and every day."
Like last week, Fields was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice and coach Matt Eberflus said the "day-to-day" status of the injury has not changed. While the Bears have their bye week following Sunday's game vs. the Packers, both Eberflus and Fields said that is a non-factor when determining the quarterback's game status.
"It's really just day-to-day, so it doesn't really factor in," Eberflus said. "It's really what he is this week. Like those three hurdles we talked about, if he feels really comfortable and feels great and his mobility and strength's back for the medical staff. And then … GM and head coach look at it and say, 'Hey, green light.' Then it's a green light. So we'll see it during the course of the week."
The Bears are also monitoring backup quarterback Trevor Siemian's oblique injury he sustained in pregame warmups last Sunday against the Jets. Eberflus said Siemian won't practice Wednesday for rest, also labeling him as day-to-day. As a precaution, the Bears signed quarterback Tim Boyle off the Lions practice squad Wednesday while also having quarterback Nathan Peterman on the practice squad.
Fields believed he had a real chance of playing against the Jets but still faced limitations, feeling uncomfortable in pregame warmups. Fields' availability this week will depend if those limitations have changed, and he'll take Wednesday's practice to "figure out what I can and cannot do."
"What is it, Week  right now? So, I mean, there's a few people in this league that are quote-unquote a hundred percent," Fields said. "So, I'm just going to go out there and if I feel like I can help my team win, help my team score, score points and put points on the board, then I'm going to go out there and play. So again, we'll just see how practice goes today and see how I feel."
While the second-year pro watched his team from the sidelines last Sunday, he still gained valuable experience, just from a different perspective. On a typical gameday, Fields is often seen next to Siemian in between offensive drives, talking through situations or plays with the veteran backup.
Last Sunday, the roles were reversed as Fields wore an earpiece, listening in on the play calls, while providing extra information to Siemian after each possession.
"It was kind of like the beginning of last year," Fields said. "I was just trying to help him as much as I can with defensive signals, how they're communicating. I saw a lot of good stuff from him. There was one play where he checked the ball to Darrynton [Evans] and he got a 30-yard gain. I think that was one of my favorite plays of the game. Stuff like that, I can learn from. I definitely learned a lot from him. Of course, he's been in the league for a good amount of time. Him and Nate, when they have advice, they always share it with me. So, it's good having those two guys in the room, for sure."
The Bears headed inside the Walter Payton Center Wednesday afternoon to continue preparing for Sunday's matchup with the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field.