Fields has been dealing with a handful of bumps and bruises down the stretch. On Wednesday, head coach Matt Eberflus revealed that Fields is dealing with a sore hip and will be sidelined for the regular season finale.
With Fields unavailable, Chicago turns to back-up quarterback Nathan Peterman, who gets the starting nod against Minnesota.
Justin Fields has a strain in his hip & will be out this week. Nathan Peterman will start at QB pic.twitter.com/uVqrKIeSb8— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) January 4, 2023
Earlier in the week Eberflus mentioned that he would be consulting with general manager Ryan Pace and the team’s medical staff to make a decision on Fields’ game status. Ultimately, the team chose to protect its face of the franchise, preventing any reaggravation to his injuries.
Though the decision to shut Fields down is probably the right move when looking toward the team’s future, it also costs Fields a chance at history.
Heading into Week 18, Fields is just 64 rushing yards shy of setting the NFL’s single season rushing record for quarterbacks. The record is currently held by Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson, who totaled 1,206 yards on the ground in 2019.
#Bears QB Justin Fields' season is over. He is OUT for Week 18.— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) January 4, 2023
Fields had a chance to set the all-time record for rushing yards by a QB, just 64 yards shy.
Rolling with Peterman on Sunday gives Chicago the best chance to cap off its Tankapalooza. With a loss and a Houston Texans win over the Indianapolis Colts the Bears secure the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. Knowing Peterman’s history, he should have the Bears covered.
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