Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields is set to make his return as the starting quarterback after missing four games due to a right thumb injury sustained during a game against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 6. In a press conference on Wednesday, Fields expressed that while his thumb is not yet at 100%, it feels good and stable enough for him to return to the starting role for the Bears.
Before his injury, Fields had completed 61.7% of his passes for 1,201 yards with 11 touchdowns, but also threw six interceptions and was sacked 24 times. Despite rushing for over 1,100 yards and eight touchdowns last season, Fields’ running game had not been as strong this season.
When Fields went down, undrafted backup Tyson Bagent stepped in and went 2-2 as a starter, securing wins against the Las Vegas Raiders and Carolina Panthers. Bagent’s performance as a backup quarterback showcased his potential in the league.
Fields’ future with the Bears remains uncertain as the team has reportedly been considering other quarterback prospects for the upcoming season. However, Fields remains focused on his current role and is not letting the speculation distract him.
The Bears, with a current record of 3-7, are facing a tough road ahead, with several divisional games and tough opponents coming up in their schedule. The team’s betting record is also not favorable, with a 3-5-2 against the spread (ATS) with Fields as a starter.
Overall, the Bears’ season has been challenging, but the return of Fields brings hope for the team as they look ahead to the remainder of the season and potential future developments.