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Closese joined ESPN.com in 2008 after covering the Minnesota Vikings for the Minneapolis Star Tribune for eight years. Matt Nagy reported that quarterbacks Justin Fields and Andy Dalton are still dealing with injuries in Chicago.RELATED
The Chicago Bears will turn to veteran quarterback Nick Foles on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks with injuries to starter Justin Fields and backup Andy Dalton, head coach Matt Nagy reported Friday.
Fields suffered an ankle injury in Monday’s 17-9 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Dalton has been dealing with a groin injury that worsened when he returned this week from the COVID-19 list.
Nick Foles will start his eighth game for Chicago, the first of the current season. Getty Images
Foles, acquired by the Bears last season to compete against former starter Mitchell Trubisky, has not played this season. Fields finished Monday’s game and was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice, but did not practice Thursday or Friday.
Nagy said the injury hasn’t gotten worse, but the team is trying to gauge “where the pain level is,” and he didn’t rule out using Fields as a backup for Foles on Sunday. The only other quarterback on the Bears roster is rookie Ryan Willis, who was signed to the practice squad on Dec. 18.
“We have to balance where we are with what Ryan can do, barely there,” Nagy explained. “He’s literally learning the playbook and what to do. It’s probably more for an emergency situation, and we just have to see where Justin is in percentage terms, where he’s not a risk to his health, but where he can. help. If it’s not for the best, then we’ll move on with Ryan. “
Fields, a first-round pick for the Bears last spring, missed two games this season previously with broken ribs. In 12 games this year, he has completed 58.9 percent of his passes for 1,870 yards, seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He has dropped the ball 12 times, leading the NFL, and possesses a 25.1 passer rating, the second-worst in the league among qualified quarterbacks.