Though the Bears took a 10-6 lead into halftime, the Bills pulled away in the second half, outscoring Chicago 29-3. In the loss, Fields struggled to get much of anything going on the ground.
Fields finished the game completing 15-of-23 passes (65.2%) for 119 yards and a touchdown. Unfortunately, he was only able to muster up 11 rushing yards on seven carries.
However, it was Fields’ premature exit from the contest that concerned Bears fans. Though the game was already in hand, the last thing Chicago wants is for its franchise quarterback to leave the game with what appeared to be an injury.
Head coach Matt Eberflus cleared the air on the situation following the game.
“He got his foot stepped on,” Eberflus revealed. “From there he went into the tent and we weren’t sure where it was at that point, so we put (Nathan Peterman) in there to run that two-minute drive, and then right after that they said he was okay. So, Justin Fields is fine.”
Justin Fields exited the game in the 4th quarter because his foot got stepped on. He’s fine, per Matt Eberflus, after getting checked out in the medical tent.— Courtney Cronin (@CourtneyRCronin) December 24, 2022
While Eberflus’ comments should alleviate some anxiety from the Bears’ fanbase, Fields admitted to playing through a couple of different injuries during the game.
“Still can’t put full weight on it, but I’ll be good to go like always,” Fields stated.
Fields also mentioned that he re-aggravated his shoulder injury suffered earlier in the season.
“They told me it was going to be a nagging injury all year, so I’m just going to fight through it these last two games.”
It’s certainly a relief for Fields to state that he should be alright, but it must be frustrating for the second-year quarterback to continue to pick up these bumps and bruises. Ultimately, Eberflus and the medical staff will have to decide if Fields’ health is worth risking for the team’s final two regular season games.
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