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Injury Update: Dalton to start again for injured Fields

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Justin Fields practiced on a limited basis Friday for the third straight day, but the Bears rookie quarterback is expected to miss his second consecutive game Sunday due to the broken ribs he sustained Nov. 21 against the Ravens.

"Justin's making good progress, [he's] just not there yet medically for the clearance," coach Matt Nagy told reporters.

Andy Dalton will make his second straight start Sunday against the Cardinals at Soldier Field, and fellow veteran Nick Foles will again serve as the backup quarterback if Fields, who is officially listed as doubtful, is sidelined.

In his first start in 10 weeks Thanksgiving Day in Detroit, Dalton completed 24 of 39 passes for 317 yards with one touchdown, one interception and an 85.1 passer rating in a 16-14 win over the Lions.

In his first season with the Bears, Dalton has appeared in five games with three starts, throwing for 788 yards with four TDs, two interceptions and an 89.4 passer rating.

Nagy said that Fields, who remains the team's No. 1 quarterback, is "definitely getting closer" to returning to action. After hosting the Cardinals, the Bears will visit the Packers on Sunday Night Football next weekend.

"I think 'progress' is definitely the good word for him," Nagy said, "being able to get out there in practice and throw the ball around and get used to doing the common stuff that you do.

"No matter what the injury is, there's always going to be some hesitation when it's your ribs, just the simple things of throwing, dropping back, stretching out to hand the ball off. All that stuff, he's improved with that and the pain has gotten better and better."

The Bears will continue to monitor Fields' injury through the weekend and into next week.

"We're obviously not going to go out there and hit him while he's running around in practice and see," Nagy said. "So, it's going to be a constant communication between him, our trainers, myself, just to see how he's feeling and how everything is going.

"We're going to evaluate it next week, and next week should be better. So, now we just need to figure out exactly from him talking to us as to how he feels."

In other injury news Friday, the Bears ruled receiver Marquise Goodwin (foot/ribs), running back Damien Williams (calf), defensive tackle Akiem Hicks (ankle) and defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. (ribs) out of Sunday's game. In addition, receiver Allen Robinson II is expected to miss his second straight contest after being unable to practice all week with a hamstring injury he sustained Nov. 8 against the Steelers.

There was some positive injury news for the Bears Friday: Inside linebacker Roquan Smith returned to practice on a limited basis and is questionable to play against the Cardinals. Smith sat out workouts Wednesday and Thursday with a hamstring injury that forced him to exit the Lions game.

Nagy said that Smith's availability is expected to be a game-time decision.

"I think he's getting close is what I would say," Nagy said. "That's why the game-time [decision]: get him out there and see what happens and where he's at. But I feel like he's a guy that's going to do everything he possibly can to be able to get ready to play.

"He understands where we're at. I'll leave it to [head athletic trainer] Andre [Tucker] and to Roquan and they'll let us know as to where he's at and how he's feeling and is it the best thing to do. And if it is, we're rolling. And I know Roquan wants to. And if it's not [possible], he's going to understand that we're not [going to play him]."

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PRO CAREER:


Sixth-year pro has totaled 14.5 sacks in his stops with Oakland, New York Giants, New Orleans and Chicago
Has played in 74 games with 24 starts; also has 30 QBH, 18 TFL and 5 FF to his credit
Also has played in three postseason games; one with Oakland in 2016, one with New Orleans in 2019 and one with the Bears in 2020


HONORS:


2015: NFL.com All-Rookie team (Gil Brandt); Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week (Week 10)


2021 SEASON (Bears):


Played in 12 contests with one start, owning eight tackles, 2.0 sacks, five QBHs and one PD on the season
Registered two tackles, including one TFL, his first sack of the season and one QBH in his season debut Week 3 at Browns


2020 SEASON (Bears):


Played in 15 games; tied for third on the team with 4.0 sacks and was fifth with six TFL
Recorded four tackles, two TFL and a QBH in the Wild Card playoff game at the Saints
Career-high 2.0 sacks for minus-27 yards in the Week 14 win over the Texans
Recorded his first sack of the season in Week 6 at Carolina; also had two tackles
Recorded his second sack of the season in Week 9 at the Titans
Posted a career-high two TFL in the Week 7 at the Rams and again in Week 14 vs. the Texans


2019 SEASON (Saints):


Played in 14 games for New Orleans totaling 3.0 sacks and one forced fumble
Had his first sack at Carolina in Week 12 where he also had one QBH and a FF
Notched his second sack of the season vs. SF in Week 14 and his third in Week 17 at Carolina


2018 SEASON (Giants):


Played in 15 games for the Giants recording 2.0 sacks and one forced fumble


2017 SEASON (Raiders):


Recorded a career-high 3.5 sacks and four tackles for loss
Played and started in 14 games


2016 SEASON (Raiders):


Missed a majority of the season with a hip injury
Played in two games towards end of season, and logged one tackle


2015 SEASON (Raiders):


Logged a career best 33 tackles as a rookie
Also had 2.0 sacks, starting 10 games and playing in 14
Mario Edwards Jr.
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PRO CAREER:


Finished his fourth NFL season in 2021 after being drafted in the first round (8th overall) in the 2018 draft
Has appeared in 61 career games (59 starts), totaling 523 tackles, 17 PDs, 5 INTs, 14.0 sacks and 43 TFLs
Became the fastest Bears player since 1994 to reach 500 career tackles in 58 career games
Has recorded 100+ tackles in each of his first four seasons, becoming the first Chicago defender to have four straight seasons of 100-plus tackles, since Lance Briggs did so for six seasons (2004-2009)
His 139 tackles in 2020 ranked fourth most by a Bears defender in a season, since tackles became an official stat
His 107 tackles in 2018 ranked second all-time among Bears rookies
Recorded a sack on his first ever NFL snap in Week 1 of 2018 at Green Bay
Recorded seven tackles and an interception in Wild Card playoff game vs. PHI (1/6/19), making him just the sixth rookie in Bears history to record an interception in a postseason game
Has 23 career 10+ tackle games, the third most in Bears history since 1987
Recorded his first ever NFL pick-6 in Week 2 of the 2021 season with a 53-yard touchdown
During the 2021 season, his career-high 17 tackles (13 solo) Week 11 vs. the Ravens (2021) tied him for the third-most tackles in a game a Bear since at least 1987


HONORS:


2021: Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award nominee, AP All-Pro (second team)*
2020:* AP All-Pro (second team); Ed Block Courage award winner *
2018: *Brian Piccolo rookie award winner; ESPN.com All-Rookie team


2021 SEASON (Bears):


Started in every game and had 10+ tackles in nine contests
Season totals include 163 tackles (95 solo), 12 TFL, 3.0 sacks and one interception returned for a 53-yard touchdown
His 163 tackles on the season ranked fifth in the league
Surpassed 500 career tackles Week 15 vs. the Vikings and 100 tackles on the season Week 11 vs. the Ravens after recording a career-high 17 tackles (13 solo)
Became the fastest Bears player since 1994 to reach 500 career tackles in 58 games
Led the team in tackles with 11 (five solo) in Week 1
Recorded a team-high eight tackles in the Week 2 victory over the Bengals; additionally he sacked Bengals QB Joe Burrow for a loss of eight yards and ran 53 yards for his first career pick-6
Logged a team-high nine tackles in Week 3 at the Browns
Recorded 10 tackles to mark his 400th career tackle in Week 4 vs. the Lions
He also logged 1.0 sack, dropping QB Jared Goff for a loss of eight yards
Had a team-high 10 tackles (five solo) and one PD in the Week 5 victory at the Raiders
Finished the Week 6 matchup vs. the Packers with a team-leading 12 tackles (six solo)
Registered a team-high 13 tackles in Week 7 at the Buccaneers
Logged 12 tackles and 1.0 sack, dropping Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger nine yards in Pittsburgh Week 9; he also had two TFLs and one QBH
Recorded a career-high 17 tackles (13 solo), including two TFLs Week 11 vs. the Ravens; his 17 tackles in a single game tied him for the third-most tackles in a game by a Bear since at least 1987
Finished the Week 13 contest vs. the Cardinals with a team-leading eight tackles (4 solo), marking the 10th outing this season in which Smith has led the Bears in individual tackles
Tied DB Eddie Jackson and DB Artie Burns to lead the team once again with nine tackles Week 14 at the Packers
Recorded a team-high 10 tackles Week 15 vs. the Vikings, marking his ninth double-digit contest this season
Led the team with nine tackles and recorded two TFLs and one pass break up in the Week 16 win at Seattle
Tallied a team-high nine tackles and two TFL in the Week 17 win vs. the Giants


2020 SEASON (Bears):


Finished second in the NFL with 98 solo tackles; and sixth in combined tackles (139) and was second in the NFL with 18 TFL, only behind T.J. Watt (23)
Finished the season as the only NFL defender to record over 100 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and have at least two sacks and interceptions. These totals have only been accomplished three times now since 2015.
Intercepted two passes in Week 16, becoming the first Chicago linebacker to have a multi-interception game since Lance Briggs in 2008; additionally, he is one of 15 defenders and the only LB to have a multi-interception game in 2020
Matched a career best two sacks in the Week 14 win vs. Houston; finished with 12 tackles and two sacks
Logged a season-high 14 tackles, matched a career-high with three TFL and added one sack in Week 10 vs. Minnesota
Logged a team-high 11 tackles vs. New Orleans and again the very next week at the Titans
Tallied 13 tackles (11 solo) and a career-high 3 TFL in Week 4 vs. the Colts
Had 12 tackles, one TFL and one PD in the Week 6 win at Carolina
Recorded seven tackles, including five solo and one TFL, in the Week 1 win in Detroit
Had eight tackles (seven solo) and one TFL in the Week 2 win over the Giants


2019 SEASON (Bears):


Started 12 games in which he played, recording 100 tackles, two pass defenses, two sacks, one interception and five TFLs
Recorded career-highs with 16 tackles and 2.0 sacks on Thanksgiving at DET, joining Vinny Rey and Patrick Willis as the only platers to have 15+ tackles and two more sacks in a game since 1982
Recorded five double-digit tackle games
Intercepted Rams QB Jared Goff in Week 11
inactive for Week 4 vs. MIN; placed on Injured Reserve on 12/9


2018 SEASON (Bears):


Appeared in 16 games (14 starts), recording team-high 122 tackles (two shy of the Bears rookie record), four passes defensed, one interception, five sacks and eight tackles-for-loss
Recorded a sack on his first ever NFL snap at GB
Recorded a season-high 13 tackles at Miami (10/14); tied that season-high at Buffalo (11/4)
107 tackles is second all-time among Bears rookies
Recorded seven tackles and an interception in Wild Card playoff game vs. PHI (1/6/19), making him just the sixth rookie in Bears history to record an interception in a postseason game
Roquan Smith
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PRO CAREER:


Selected by the Bears with the 11th overall pick in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft; the Bears acquired the 11th overall selection after completing a trade with the New York Giants
Fields is just the third Ohio State quarterback in the common draft era to be selected in the first round of an NFL draft, joining Art Schlichter (No. 4 overall pick in 1982) and Dwayne Haskins (No. 15 overall pick in 2019)
Fields is the 31st Buckeye to be selected by the Bears and the first since Marcus Freeman in 2009
Recorded 103 rushing yards vs. the 49ers in Week 8, making him the second quarterback in Bears history to surpass the century mark in rushing, dating back to at least 1960 (Bobby Douglass, three times)


2021 SEASON (Bears):


Made 12 appearances with 10 starts, throwing for 1,870 yards and seven TDs
Rushed for 420 yards and two TDs
Rushed for his first NFL touchdown in the third quarter of Week 1 at the Rams. In doing so he became the first Bears rookie quarterback to rush for a touchdown in his first career game since Johnny Lujack, who rushed for a TD against Green Bay in Week 2 of 1948
Recorded 31 rushing yards and 60 passing yards in the Bears home season-opening victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, entering the game in relief of starter Andy Dalton who left with an injury
Had his first NFL start in Week 3 vs. the Cleveland Browns
Started and completed 11 of 17 passes (64.7%) for 209 yards in the Week 4 win over the Lions; connected on a season-long 64-yard pass to Darnell Mooney
Completed his first-career touchdown pass, a two-yarder to tight end Jesper Horsted with 13:16 to go in the second quarter to put Chicago in front during the Week 5 victory at the Raiders
Registered a season-high 43 rushing yards along with a season-high 16 pass completions vs. the Packers in Week 6; he also recorded his second-career passing touchdown, a five-yard pass to Mooney
Rushed 10 times for a season-high 103 yards in Week 8 vs. SF, becoming the first Bears QB to rush for 100+ yards since Bobby Douglass in 1973. Also completed 19 of 27 passes for 175 yards and a TD, and in doing so he became the third rookie QB (Robert Griffin and Marcus Mariota) with 100+ rush yards, rush TD & pass TD in single game in NFL history
Completed 17-of-29 passes for a season-high 291 passing yards at the Steelers. His seven completions on balls 15+ yards downfield in Pittsburgh are tied for the most by a Bears QB over the past 15 seasons
Fields also averaged 15.6 air yards per attempt in Week 9, which is the second most by any quarterback in a game this season
Recorded 79 passing yards and 23 rushing yards Week 11 vs. the Ravens before exiting the game at the start of the third quarter due to injury
Inactive Weeks 12-13 due to injury
Recorded two passing TDs for the first time this season Week 14 at the Packers. His 54-yard TD pass to WR Damiere Byrd with 3:21 to go in the second quarter marked his longest to date. He also rushed for a team-high 74 yards on the ground
Completed 26 of 39 passes for 285 yards, one touchdown and a rating of 96.6, his highest of the season vs. the Vikings in Week 15. His 285 yards marked his second highest total of season
Inactive Weeks 16-17 due to injury
Inactive Week 18 due to being on Reserve/COVID-19 list
Justin Fields
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Nagy also revealed Friday that rookie second-round pick Teven Jenkins likely will be activated Saturday and be available to play Sunday.

Jenkins has been on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list since the start of the regular season after he underwent back surgery in mid-August. The rookie tackle returned to practice Nov 15, beginning a three-week window to activate him that ends Monday.

If Jenkins is activated Saturday as expected, Nagy said that he would speak with offensive coordinator Bill Lazor and offensive line coach Juan Castillo about what role the Oklahoma State product would fill against the Cardinals.

"We'll go over it and try to get a feel moving forward for where he's at, which side and everything like that," Nagy said. "But I think for us just now being able to activate him and get him up is the good part."

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