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Poles excited for Fields, Herbert to return to action


General manager Ryan Poles spoke with Jeff Joniak Sunday on the Bears pregame radio show on ESPN 1000 AM and 100.3 HD2 FM.

Poles discussed the return of both quarterback Justin Fields, who missed the last four games with a thumb injury, and running back Khalil Herbert, who the Bears activated off injured reserve Saturday.

Poles said he knew Fields "was itching to play over these last few weeks" and sensed the QB's confidence when throwing the ball in practice. As far as expectations for Fields in his first game back, Poles just wants to see the third-year pro continue to ascend in the offense.

"We want to see those impact plays that he's capable of doing, pushing the ball down the field, but also using his legs to create those explosive plays," Poles said. "And then obviously the growth and the consistency. We talked about it a lot with some of the things Tyson did to get the ball out of his hands quickly. If we can pair those two things, how he played before and then that short game, that quick game with timing, he's going to be hard to stop."

During Herbert's five-week absence due to an ankle injury, veteran D'Onta Foreman powered the Bears' rushing attack, which has been one of the best in the NFL the last two years. With Herbert back in the fold, Poles is looking forward to seeing how the pair look together.

"Both those guys have done an excellent job both in recent games and throughout the last two years with Khalil," Poles said. "We're excited to get Khalil back. He looks great, continuing to get his speed back. So if we can change things up and have a little power, a little speed for explosive plays, it's going to put us in a position to win."

Listen to the full interview below.