Chicago Bears’ Quarterback Justin Fields Returns as Starter After Injury
Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields will return as the starter this week after missing four games with a right thumb injury sustained during a game against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 6. Head coach Matt Eberflus named Fields as the Week 11 starter, despite him admitting that his thumb is not 100% healed.
Before his injury, Fields completed 61.7% of his passes for 1,201 yards with 11 touchdowns this season. He also rushed for 237 yards on 47 carries with just one rushing score. In his absence, undrafted backup Tyson Bagent went 2-2 as a starter, leading the Bears to victories against the Las Vegas Raiders and Carolina Panthers.
Fields’ return to the starting lineup raises questions about his future with the Bears, especially considering his underwhelming performance during his first three seasons. The team has two first-round draft picks in the upcoming draft, leading to speculation that they may move in another direction at quarterback next season.
However, Fields remains focused on his current role and is not concerned about the potential quarterback controversy. He remains committed to being the best leader he can be, regardless of the speculation surrounding his future with the team.
The Bears, currently 3-7, face two divisional road games versus the Detroit Lions and Vikings over the next two weeks before heading into a bye week. They will then host three home games against the Lions, Arizona Cardinals, and Atlanta Falcons. Despite a challenging schedule, the team looks forward to regaining momentum with Fields back as the starter.
From a betting perspective, the Bears are currently underdogs in their upcoming game against the Lions, with the Lions having a strong betting record this season. The Vikings and Packers are also in contention for the NFC North division, with the Bears considered long shots to win the division.
As Fields returns to the lineup, the Bears will look to turn their season around in the hopes of making a playoff push. However, the future remains uncertain for Fields and the team as they navigate through the second half of the season.