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Bears quarterback Justin Fields
Bears quarterback Justin Fields

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

The Bears quarterback missed last weekend's road contest versus the Jets with a left shoulder injury he had sustained a week earlier in Atlanta.

Asked if he could confirm that Fields will start against the Packers, coach Matt Eberflus said: "If it keeps going the way it is, the last two days, it's a green light. So that's what we're looking at."

Fields showed marked improvement throughout the week, especially after being limited in Wednesday's practice.

"It's just progress," Eberflus said. "With the medical staff, they look at him, he's gaining mobility [and] strength. He feels more confident and it goes from limited to full, and that's what happened. He feels good; had a good practice again today, so we're excited about where he is."

“When you get your starting quarterback back and a guy that’s electric like that and makes a lot of plays for our football team, it’s obviously a big boost in the arm to the whole football team.” Bears HC Matt Eberflus

The Bears are confident that Fields will not face any additional risk of aggravating his injury by playing Sunday.

"Our first priority is player safety," Eberflus said. "Right now he feels and we feel that the mobility and strength is there for him to protect himself and he feels like he's 100 percent ready to go."

With Fields returning, the Bears offense will be bolstered by a dynamic dual-threat impact player. The second-year pro ranks seventh in the NFL and first among quarterbacks in rushing with 834 yards and seven touchdowns on 122 carries and has thrown for 1,642 yards with 13 TDs, eight interceptions and an 86.2 passer rating.

In Fields' last five starts, he accounted for 15 touchdowns, rushing for 552 yards and six TDs on 68 carries and completing 73 of 123 passes for 773 yards with nine TDs, three interceptions and a 92.0 rating.

"When you get your starting quarterback back and a guy that's electric like that and makes a lot of plays for our football team, it's obviously a big boost in the arm to the whole football team," Eberflus said. "Guys are excited out there, not only the offensive guys but the defense and special teams. Everybody's excited that he's out there moving around and being himself. [We] certainly missed him last week, so [it's] exciting."

In other injury news, Eberflus announced that backup quarterback Trevor Siemian will undergo season-ending surgery to repair the oblique injury he sustained last Sunday during pregame warmups.

Despite getting hurt, Siemian started against the Jets and played the entire game, completing 14 of 25 passes for 179 yards with one TD, one interception and a 75.2 passer rating.

Third-string quarterback Nathan Peterman is expected to serve as Fields' backup Sunday against Green Bay. The Bears also have quarterback Tim Boyle on their roster after signing him off the Lions practice squad Wednesday.

The Bears have ruled three other players out of Sunday's game: Starting rookie defensive backs Kyler Gordon and Jaquan Brisker and right tackle Larry Borom. Gordon and Brisker remain in concussion protocol, while Borom sustained knee and ankle injuries late in last Sunday's loss to the Jets.

This will be the second straight game that Gordon and Brisker are forced to sit out.

"It's unfortunate, but you've got to go by the protocol," Eberflus said. "You've got to do that, and I think it's the right thing to do. And really it's about going through the procedures and making sure the player is being honest with his assessment and then he has to go through this cognitive test and do all those things and they've got to pass those hurdles, and the NFL has it in for a reason. I know those guys are disappointed they didn't make it through, but that's where it is."

The only other Bears players on the injury report are right tackle Riley Reiff (back) and cornerback Kindle Vildor (ankle), both of whom are listed as questionable after practicing without restrictions Friday.

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
Dante Pettis
Riley Reiff
Riley Reiff
Trevor Siemian
Kindle Vildor
Sterling Weatherford
Sterling Weatherford

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