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Injury Update: Dalton to start in place of injured Fields

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With No. 1 quarterback Justin Fields still recovering from an ankle injury, Bears coach Matt Nagy announced Friday that veteran Andy Dalton will start Sunday's home finale against the Giants.

Fields and Dalton were both inactive for last weekend's game in Seattle. But Dalton has since recovered from the groin injury that sidelined him, enabling him to practice without limitations all week.

Fields was limited in Friday's workout for the third straight day, and although he's listed as questionable on the injury report, Nagy said that third-stringer Nick Foles will serve as Dalton's backup Sunday.

"Justin is continuing to improve every day, but as I've said from the start, we want to make sure that we're always putting him and these players in the best position possible," Nagy said. "So he's working toward that. If he's going to be up, then we'd want him to be the starter. That's why we're making that decision, and the guys have been great about it.

"We had a good day out there today with Andy going in the red zone, and we'll roll with that. We'll continue to get Justin going and do everything that he can to get ready for next week, and of course his health is going to be the No. 1 concern as we do that."

In his first season with the Bears, Dalton has appeared in six games with four starts, completing 64.1 percent of his passes for 1,017 yards with six touchdowns, six interceptions and a 79.9 passer rating.

Dalton signed a one-year contract with the Bears in March after spending his first 10 NFL seasons with the Bengals (2011-19) and Cowboys (2020).

He started the first two games of the season before sustaining a knee injury in a Week 2 win over Cincinnati. Dalton's next extended action came Nov. 21 against the Ravens after Fields exited with a knee injury. Dalton started the next two contests, including a Thanksgiving win over the Lions in which he passed for 317 yards, the most by a Bears quarterback this season.

Fields has not played since hurting his ankle Dec. 20 against the Vikings. He sustained the injury in the second quarter but finished the game. This season, the rookie has connected on 58.9 percent of his passes for 1,870 yards with seven touchdowns, 10 interceptions and a 73.2 passer rating. He's also rushed for 420 yards and two TDs on 72 carries.

Foles, meanwhile, saw his first action of the season last Sunday in Seattle, leading the Bears to a thrilling 25-24 comeback win. The 10-year NFL veteran threw for 250 yards and posted a 98.5 passer rating. Trailing 24-17, Foles connected with Jimmy Graham for a 15-yard touchdown and Damiere Byrd for the game-winning two-point conversion with 1:01 remaining.

In other injury news, defensive tackle Akiem Hicks, nose tackle Eddie Goldman, left tackle Jason Peters and nickel back Duke Shelley are all listed as questionable for Sunday's game.

Hicks returned to practice Friday on a limited basis after being removed from the reserve/COVID-19 list. Goldman was a full participant in practice all week despite a finger injury. Peters worked out without restrictions Friday after being limited Wednesday and Thursday with an ankle injury that has forced him to miss the last two games. Shelley sat out Wednesday, was a full participant Thursday and was limited Friday with a heel injury.

Tight end J.P. Holtz did not practice this week and is doubtful for Sunday's game due to an undisclosed personal issue.

Chicago Bears
Table - Injury report
Player Injury Game status
PRO CAREER:


Finished his second season with the Bears in 2020 after playing in nine games as a rookie in 2019


2020 SEASON (Bears):


Played in 11 games in 2020 with two starts; inactive for Weeks 1-3, 6-8; made starts in Week 15 at the Vikings and Week 17 vs. the Packers
Made his first appearance of the season on special teams in Week 4 vs. the Colts
Recorded one special teams tackle in Week 9 at the Titans
Saw significant time on defense in Week 14 vs. the Texans, filling in for the injured Buster Skrine; recorded three total tackles and one PD
Made his first career start in Week 15 win at the Vikings, recording a career-high seven tackles
Saw action on defense in the Wild Card playoff game at the Saints, recording one tackle and one PD


2019 SEASON (Bears):


Appeared in nine games as a reserve in his rookie season
Inactive for Weeks 5-12
Duke Shelley
Heel Questionable
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
Ankle Questionable
CAREER:


Has played in 213 career games with 203 starts, including six postseason starts
With his ninth Pro Bowl selection and seventh as an Eagle in 2016, Peters garnered the second-most Pro Bowl nods in team history behind Chuck Bednarik (eight)
Earned Associated Press All-Pro honors following the 2007, ‘08, ‘10, ‘11, ‘13 and ‘14 campaigns
Was named to the first team in 2011 and 2013
Joined Frank “Bucko” Kilroy (1953-55) as the only two offensive linemen in franchise history to earn a Pro Bowl berth in three consecutive years
Since Peters’ first Pro Bowl selection in 2007, only Joe Thomas (10) has been selected to as many Pro Bowls as an OL
Has 2 career TDs: blocked a punt and recovered it in the end zone (12/19/04 at Cin.) and caught J.P. Losman’s first career TD pass (9/11/05 vs. Hou.)
In 2014, was named a second-team AP All-Pro and garnered All-NFC honors from the Pro Football Writers of America
Was part of an Eagles offensive line in 2013 that blocked for the NFL’s leading rusher, LeSean McCoy, who finished with a franchise-best 1,607 rushing yards
Also helped the Eagles set a team record with 6,676 total yards and record the second-most points in franchise history (442)
Jason Peters
Ankle Questionable
PRO CAREER:


Has appeared in 67 contests with 63 starts across five seasons
Owns 153 career tackles, 12.5 sacks, 17 TFLs, two fumble recoveries and one pass breakup


HONORS:

2015: Mel Kiper and PFWA All-Rookie teams

2020 SEASON (Bears):


Reserve/COVID-19 Opt-Out


2019 SEASON (Bears):


Voted a Pro Bowl alternate; started 15 games, recording 29 tackles, one sack and two TFLs
Recorded 1.0 sack on Eagles QB Carson Wentz in Week 9 at Philadelphia
Also had one TFL in a Thanksgiving Day win at the Lions


2018 SEASON (Bears):


Started 16 games, recording 39 tackles, 3.0 sacks, five tackles for loss and one fumble recovery
Forced a safety by sacking Rams QB Jared Goff in the end zone in a Week 14 home win over the Rams on Sunday Night Football
Also recorded sacks on Seattle's Russell Wilson and Minnesota's Kirk Cousins in Weeks 2 and 17, respectively
Added four tackles and one tackle for loss in Wild Card playoff game vs. PHI (1/6/19)


2017 SEASON (Bears):


Started 15 games, recording 44 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1 fumble recovery and 3 TFLs
Recorded his first sack of the season in Week 2 at Tampa Bay; also had a half sack in a Week 7 win over the Panthers


2016 SEASON (Bears):


Limited because of injury to six games with five starts, recording 24 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 2 TFLs and 1 pass breakup
Recorded a half sack in the opener at Houston while also picking up sacks in Week 10 at Tampa Bay and Week 14 at Detroit


2015 SEASON (Bears):


Started in 12 of 15 games for the Bears while his 4.5 sacks ranked fourth among NFL rookies; added 39 tackles and 6 TFL
Posted a career-high 2.0 sacks in a Week 13 win over the 49ers; also posted sacks in a Week 4 win over the Raiders and in Week 11 vs. the Broncos
Was placed on IR on 12/30 with an ankle injury
Eddie Goldman
Finger Questionable
*PRO CAREER: *


Has played in 31 career games with eight starts; has caught seven passes for 91 yards


2020 SEASON (Bears): 


Played in all 16 games with one start; started and lined up at fullback in the Week 1 win at Detroit
Saw action as a reserve and on special teams in every other game this season; recorded four special teams tackles, including two vs. Detroit in Week 13


2019 SEASON (Bears): 


Appeared in one game as a reserve for the Washington Redskins before being waived, then claimed by the Bears, inactive for Week 2
Appeared in 14 games (seven starts) for the Bears, catching seven passes for 91 yards
Caught a season-high three passes for 56 yards, including a 30-yarder, in the Week 14 win over the Cowboys
J.P. Holtz
Personal Doubtful
PRO CAREER:


In his sixth season with the Bears and 10th overall in 2021
Earned his first career Pro Bowl selection in 2018
Has started 101 of 129 games with 37.0 sacks, 68 TFLs, six forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries with the Saints (2012-15), Patriots (2015) and Bears (2016-20); also has played in six postseason games with four starts


HONORS:

2019: Ranked No. 39 on NFL's Top 100 list
2018: Named to the Pro Bowl (DT)
2016: Named Week 13 NFC Defensive Player of the Week

2020 SEASON (Bears):


Played in 15 games with 15 starts, missing the Week 12 game at the Packers with an injury
Recorded six tackles and two QBH in the Wild Card playoff game at the Saints
Had a team-high 21 QBHs on the season; recorded 3.5 sacks for minus-23.5 yards
Recorded 1.5 sacks in the Week 3 win at the Falcons, where he also had a career-high 5 QBHs; added 3 QBHs in the Week 15 win at Minnesota
Recorded 1.0 sack for minus-9 yards in the Week 1 win at Detroit; also had four tackles in that game with one QBH
Had his second sack of the season in the Week 2 win over the Giants to go along with three tackles
Season-high six tackles in Week 4 vs. the Colts, including one TFL and two QBH
Recovered a fumble and also added a TFL in the Week 6 win at the Panthers


2019 SEASON (Bears):


Started five games in which he played, recording 10 tackles, 1.0 sack, one fumble recovery and one TF
Placed on Injured Reserve on 10/15 after suffering an elbow injury against the Raiders in London
Activated from Injured Reserve on 12/14 and recorded four tackles and two QBH in Week 15 at GB


2018 SEASON (Bears):


Named to his first Pro Bowl after starting 16 games and recording 55 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 12 tackles for loss, five pass breakups and three forced fumbles
Recorded a career-high five tackles for loss vs. MIN (11/18
S)cored on a one-yard touchdown run at NYG (12/2)
Led team in tackles for loss and was second on the team in sacks
Recorded four tackles and one tackle for loss in Wild Card playoff game vs. PHI (1/6/19)


2017 SEASON (Bears):


Started all 16 games, recording 54 tackles, 15 TFLs, 2 fumble recoveries and a career-high 8.5 sacks for a loss of 57 yards
Recorded 20 QBHs, the most by a Chicago Bear in single-season since the stat was tracked in 2006


2016 SEASON (Bears):


Started all 16 games at DE, setting a career-high in tackles (71), sacks (7), pass breakups (3) and forced fumbles (2), 5 TFLs and recovered 1 fumble
Only defensive player to start every game


2015 SEASON (Saints/Patriots):


Appeared in 16 games, making 3 starts with the Patriots and Saints
Posted 23 tackles, 3.0 sacks, 5 TFLs and 1 FR
All 3 starts came with New Orleans, where he collected 2 assisted tackles
In 13 games with New England, notched 21 tackles, 3 sacks, 5 TFLs and 1 FR
Saw action in 2 playoff games, posting 3 tackles and 1 TFL


2014 SEASON (Saints):


Started 14-of-15 games, posting 41 tackles, 2 sacks and 7 TFLs
Placed on Injured Reserve prior the season finale


2013 SEASON (Saints): Started 16-of-16 games for the first time in his career


Posted then career-highs in tackles (56), sacks (4.5) and TFLs (8)
56 tackles were the most among the Saints defensive front
Started both of the Saints' postseason contests, notching 7 tackles and 0.5 sacks


2012 SEASON (Saints):


Appeared in 14 games with the Saints as a rookie, tallying 20 tackles, 1 pass breakup, 2 TFLs and 1 forced fumble
Akiem Hicks
COVID ramp up Questionable

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