For the first time since injuring his left shoulder Nov. 20 against the Falcons, Bears quarterback Justin Fields was a full participant in practice Thursday.
Fields was a game-time decision last Sunday versus the Jets but was deactivated after testing his injury during pregame warmups. On Wednesday, he was limited in practice and coach Matt Eberflus revealed that his status remained day-to-day.
Offensive coordinator Luke Getsy told reporters that he's not looking for anything in particular that would indicate Fields is ready to start Sunday's home game against the Packers.
"If something was glaring that like was prohibiting him from being able to throw the ball or something, I think everybody would see that," Getsy said. "We're just coaching him up, trying to take advantage of whatever we can, any moment that we can, any rep that we're able to get just to continue his progression."
While the Fields news was promising, backup quarterback Trevor Siemian sat out practice for the second straight day with an oblique injury. Siemian sustained the injury last Sunday during pregame warmups at MetLife Stadium. After taking medication, he was able to start and play the entire game versus the Jets, completing 14 of 25 passes for 179 yards with one touchdown, one interception and a 75.2 passer rating.
With Fields and Siemian dealing with injuries this week, the Bears on Wednesday signed quarterback Tim Boyle off the Lions practice squad. Last season Boyle appeared in five games with three starts for Detroit, connecting on 61 of 94 passes for 526 yards with three TDs, six interceptions and a 63.5 passer rating.
Boyle has familiarity with the Bears offense, having served as a backup with the Packers in 2019-20 when Getsy was Green Bay's quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator.
In other injury news, receiver Chase Claypool (knee) was a full participant in practice Thursday after being limited Wednesday, and right tackle Riley Reiff (back) was limited after sitting out Wednesday.
For the second straight day, cornerback Kyler Gordon (concussion), safety Jaquan Brisker (concussion), right tackle Larry Borom (ankle/knee) and receiver Dante Pettis (illness) did not practice; and cornerback Kindle Vildor (ankle) was limited.
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