by Frank T. Slawson, The Chicago Times
September 25, 2021
CHICAGO — Justin Fields will make his first NFL start for the Chicago Bears on Sunday in place of starter Andy Dalton.
Bears quarterback Andy Dalton, 34, was sidelined last Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals with a bone bruise on his left knee and could be out for another week or two. Dalton suffered no cartilage or ligament damage and will not require surgery, but his return will be determined by how quickly the bone bruise heals.
The Bears have not placed Dalton on injured reserve, which would require him to miss at least three games.
According to Coach Nagy, Dalton will be the starter for the Bears when he fully heals. The team entered the season with the intention of sticking with Dalton for as long as possible, giving Fields time to develop during his rookie year.
Fields, the No. 11 overall pick in this year’s NFL draft by Chicago, said Wednesday that he is ready to start Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, emphasizing that he has been “preparing for this moment for a long time.”
After filling in for Dalton, Fields completed 6-of-13 passes for 60 yards and an interception while rushing 10 times for 31 yards against the Bengals last Sunday.