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Bears quarterback Justin Fields and running back David Montgomery
Bears quarterback Justin Fields and running back David Montgomery

Quarterback Justin Fields was a full participant in practice Friday for the second straight day and was not given an injury designation, meaning he's set to start Sunday's game against the Eagles.

Fields previously missed Wednesday's practice with an illness but told reporters he "felt perfectly fine" following Thursday's workout.

The second-year pro will have the opportunity to build off his strong passing performance against the Packers two weeks ago. Fields threw for a season-high 254 yards while completing 20 of his 25 pass attempts, earning his best completion percentage of the season.

Running back David Montgomery, who missed Thursday's practice with an illness, also fully participated Friday and is ready to go for Sunday. Rookie defensive backs Kyler Gordon and Jaquan Brisker are also set to start against Philadelphia, both practicing the entire week after missing the last two games with concussions.

The Bears have ruled two players out for Sunday's contest – receiver Chase Claypool and tight end Trevon Wesco. Claypool injured his knee two weeks ago against the Packers, while Wesco is dealing with a calf injury. Both players missed the entire week of practice.

While Claypool, who has played in five games for the Bears this season—recording 12 catches for 111 yards—won't be ready for the Sunday, Eberflus believes the receiver will play again this season.

"He's just rehabbing it, getting better. Not where we need it to be for this week, but we're hopeful for coming up here soon," Eberflus said. "But that's where it is right now."

Receiver N'Keal Harry (back) and cornerback Kindle Vildor (ankle) are both questionable despite being full participants in every practice this week. However, Eberflus is "hopeful that [Harry] keeps progressing and does a good job and can be ready for the game."

With Claypool out, Harry questionable and Darnell Mooney on IR, the Bears may be thin at receiver against Philadelphia. Eberflus sees Sunday as an opportunity for other playmakers to emerge, including rookie Velus Jones Jr. Eberflus said Jones has been improving in his alignment, assignment and routes, has been learning the playbook and is "excited about where he's going to go for the next four weeks."

"I think we want to get all of those guys involved, and Velus is no different than the rest of them," Eberflus said. "So I'm sure that, you know, when you have a receiver go down, you know we've been carrying six anyway. Typically, you only carry five. But we'll see what we're going to do this week. But yeah, it will definitely give some more opportunities for others."

Right tackle Larry Borom (knee) is doubtful after practicing in a limited capacity Thursday and Friday. Eberflus said the plan is to continue rotating Riley Reiff and Alex Leatherwood at right tackle. Leatherwood impressed Eberflus in his Bears debut against the Packers, playing 10 snaps while rotating in for Reiff.

"Yeah, we're gonna do a little rotation there," Eberflus said. "I'll meet with those guys later today just to figure out what the rotation is. We'll do a little substitution review with each coach and we'll get that figured out, but yeah our plan is to do a little bit of that, for sure."

Chicago Bears
Table - Injury report
PlayerInjuryGame status
Larry Borom
Larry Borom
Jaquan Brisker
Jaquan Brisker

Has caught 160 passes for 2,127 yards and 12 TDs
Has rushed 33 times for 171 yards and two TDs
Totaled eight receptions for 84 yards and two touchdowns in the postseason (two games)
Was named to PFWA All-Rookie team in 2020 after posting 889 yards from scrimmage and 11 total touchdowns, tied for the third-most touchdowns in a season by a rookie wide receiver since 2000
Made NFL debut in Week 1 of 2020 (at N.Y. Giants)
Made NFL starting debut in Week 5 of 2020 (vs. Philadelphia)

2022 SEASON (Steelers/Bears):

Has played in 11 games this season with nine starts, this season, logging 32 receptions for 311 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing eight times for 55 yards
Posted a season-best seven catches for 96 yards and a touchdown in the Week 6 win vs. Tampa Bay
Reached 2,000 career receiving yards in Week 8 at Philadelphia
Also threw a touchdown pass on 4th and goal in the first quarter in this game, becoming the second WR or TE with a pass TD on 4th down since 2000
Made his debut with the Bears in Week 9 vs. Miami, playing in 26 of 74 (35%) offensive snaps, posting two catches for 13 yards and rushing one time for four yards
Had one reception for eight yards against the Lions in Week 10
Hauled in two receptions for 11 yards in Week 11 at Atlanta
Caught two passes for 51 yards against the Jets in Week 12, including a 31-yard pass from Trevor Siemian to set up a Bears touchdown

2021 SEASON (Steelers):

Played in 15 games (13 starts)
Topped 1,000 career receiving yards in Week 3 vs Cincinnati
Was inactive in Week 4 at Green Bay due to a hamstring injury
Recorded his third career 100-yard+ receiving game in Week 5 versus the Broncos (five receptions for 130 yards)
Was inactive in Week 10 vs Detroit due to a toe injury
Recorded his 100th career reception in Week 13 vs Baltimore

2020 SEASON (Steelers):

Played in 16 games (6 starts)
Led the Steelers in receiving TDs (tied w/ nine), yards/catch (14.1) and total TDs (11)
Ranked second on the Steelers in receiving yards (873) … his nine receiving TDs in 2020 led all rookies
His 11 total TDs in 2020 led all rookie wideouts and ranked tied for second regardless of position (Washington RB Antonio Gibson)
His 11 TDs in 2020 ranked tied for sixth by a rookie wideout since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger
His nine receiving TDs in 2020 ranked tied for ninth by a rookie since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger
Registered seven receptions for 110 yards and three TDs, and added a rushing TD, in the Steelers’ 38-29 win over Philadelphia in Week 5
Third rookie wide receiver to record four TDs in a single game in NFL history, joining Jerry Butler (Sept. 23, 1979) and Harlon Hill (Oct. 31, 1954)
Fourth rookie with at least two receiving TDs and one rushing TD in a single game since 1970, joining Lynn Cain (Oct. 14, 1979), Joey Galloway (Nov. 12, 1995) and Kareem Hunt (Sept. 7, 2017)
Fourth player since 1990 to register at least three receiving TDs and one rushing TD in a game
First Steelers rookie with three TDs in a game since TE Eric Green in 1990
First Steelers rookie with four TDs in a game and first Steelers player since Roy Jefferson on November 3, 1968
Fourth Steelers rookie in franchise history with at least three TDs, joining Green, RB Franco Harris and E Jimmy Orr
First Steelers rookie with a rush TD and reception TD in the same game since Franco Harris at Buffalo (Oct. 29, 1972)
First Steelers wideout with a Rush TD and Rec TD in the same game since Hines Ward in Week 9, 2004, against the Eagles
Sixth rookie in NFL history to record two Rec TD and a Rush TD in a game, joining Kareem Hunt (2017), Joey Galloway (1995), Lynn Cain (1979), Gale Sayers (1965) and Abner Hayes (1960)
Ranked among the rookie leaders in franchise history in TD grabs (nine, tied first), receptions (62, first) and receiving yards (873, third)
First rookie wide receiver with multiple TD receptions in a single game since Corey Davis had two at New England on Jan. 13, 2018
Ninth rookie and seventh rookie wide receiver to catch multiple TD passes in a single postseason game since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger
First wide receiver in the Super Bowl era and the fourth in league history with at least 10 TDs in his first 10 career games, joining Billy Howton (11 TDs in 1952), Bill Groman (10 in 1960) and Harlon Hill (10 in 1954)
Caught two TD passes in the Wild Card loss to Cleveland, which tied the NFL rookie postseason record for TD receptions in a game
Chase Claypool
Justin Fields
Justin Fields
Kyler Gordon
Kyler Gordon

Enters his fourth season in the NFL and first with the Bears in 2022
Selected with the 32nd overall pick in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots

2022 SEASON (Bears):

Made his season debut against the Patriots in Week 7, finishing with one catch for 14 yards
In his second game of the season in Week 8 at Dallas, scored his first touchdown in a Bears uniform, hauling in a 17-yard pass from Justin Fields with 45 seconds left in the second quarter
Is the fifth touchdown of Harry’s career, and his first trip to the end zone since Dec. 6, 2020, at the Chargers, as a member of the Patriots
Finished the game with two receptions for 24 yards
Logged one catch for six yards against Miami in Week 9

2021 SEASON (Patriots):

Played in 12 regular season games with four starts and finished the season with 12 receptions for 184 yards
Caught a 10-yard pass from Mac Jones in the third quarter in his first game of 2021 vs. Tampa Bay
Rotated in at wide receiver at Houston. Had one catch for nine yards as well as a significant pass break-up of a nearly-intercepted pass by Mac Jones in the second half
Made his first start of the season vs. Dallas
Caught a 28-yard pass from QB Brian Hoyer in the fourth quarter vs. N.Y. Jets, setting up a 1-yard J.J. Taylor rushing touchdown
Posted two receptions for 30 yards at L.A. Chargers, including a big 15-yard catch for a first down on the team’s final offensive drive to help secure the victory
Returned to action vs. Cleveland as a starter. Caught a 26-yard pass from Brian Hoyer in the fourth quarter. Played physical at the line of scrimmage against defensive end Myles Garrett, and paved the way for multiple rushes by Rhamondre Stevenson (20 carries, 100 yards)
Reeled in two catches, one of which went for a career-long 43 yards at Indianapolis
Appeared in the Patriots' post season contest at Buffalo

2020 SEASON (Patriots):

Played in 14 games with nine starts and totaled 33 receptions for 309 yards and two touchdowns
Started at wide receiver and totaled career highs with eight receptions for 72 yards at Seattle
Caught three passes for 21 yards and a touchdown at Kansas City from QB Jarrett Stidham in the fourth quarter
Started at wide receiver in the win at L.A. Chargers and registered two receptions for 15 yards and a touchdown from QB Cam Newton in the third quarter

2019 SEASON (Patriots):

Appeared in seven regular season contests with five starts as a rookie, catching 12 passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns
Also posted five rushing attempts for 49 yards .. Started at wide receiver in his first career playoff appearance and caught two passes for 21 yards while carrying the ball once for 7 yards in the AFC Wild Card Playoff vs. Tennessee
Made his Patriots debut and hauled in three passes for 18 yards while also contributing on the punt return team in the win at Philadelphia
Made his first career reception on an 11-yard pass from Tom Brady to gain a first down in the second quarter
Made his first career start and caught one pass for a 10-yard touchdown in the win vs. Dallas. His first quarter touchdown was the first of his career and made him the 75th different player to catch a touchdown pass from Tom Brady, extending Brady’s NFL record. Also lined up on special teams during punt return situations
Started his third game of the season at wide receiver and made two receptions for 15 yards and one touchdown, along with carrying the ball for the first time in his career, registering two carries for 22 yards in the win at Cincinnati
Caught two passes for 21 yards and rushed twice for 18 yards, including a career-long 18-yard scamper, in the win vs. Buffalo
N'Keal Harry
David Montgomery
David Montgomery
Kindle Vildor
Trevon Wesco
Trevon Wesco

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