After the Chicago Bears‘ loss to the Detroit Lions this past week, head coach Matt Eberflus said QB Justin Fields would play in Week 18 if healthy.
On Monday, Eberflus changed his tune a bit.
According to ESPN’s Courtney Cronin, Eberflus said that conversations would take place this week with general manager Ryan Poles regarding who plays against the Minnesota Vikings in the final game of the season..
Postgame in Detroit, Matt Eberflus said if Justin Fields is healthy for Week 18, that he would play. Eberflus seemed to hedge on that a bit today, noting that conversations with GM Ryan Poles would take place this week around everyone – QB included – to see who'll play vs. MIN.— Courtney Cronin (@CourtneyRCronin) January 2, 2023
“I would just say (there are) ongoing conversations about everybody,” said Eberflus. “About everybody, what we need to do, what’s the best interest for our football team going forward. That conversation, we’re going to have that all the way through Wednesday, all the way through Friday and we’ll decide as we go.”
“I would just say that the health of our football team is important,” added Eberflus. “That ties into everybody. We’re going to look at everybody on our football team and making sure we’re doing what’s best for the Bears.”
This should be an easy call for the Bears. I know Fields’ development is important, but he showed enough this season — especially in the second half of the season — to show that he’s “the guy” in Chicago. There’s not much to gain by playing him against the Vikings.
The last thing the Bears need is for Fields to suffer a major injury in a meaningless game. Fields has already played 15 games this season (he missed one game due to a shoulder injury). Chicago needs to hold him out and start thinking about the 2023 season.
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