There’s a big decision the Chicago Bears have to make this weekend and making the wrong decision could be detrimental to the future of the franchise.

Bears quarterback Justin Fields is dealing with an injury to his non-throwing shoulder.

Fields told reporters on Wednesday that he’s dealing with a separated shoulder.

“It’s a separated shoulder with partially torn ligaments,” said Fields. “Basically, like an AC joint. That’s my understanding of it.”

Fields suffered the injury in the Bears’ 27-24 loss to the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday.

Nov 20, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) walks off the field with medical personnel after a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

I know the injury is to Fields’ non-throwing shoulder, but I still think the decision should be pretty easy on Sunday — the Bears can’t play Fields against the New York Jets.

And I wouldn’t let him play against the Green Bay Packers in week 13, either.

With the bye week coming up in week 14, if Fields sits the next two games, it would give him three weeks to get his shoulder healthy.

Chicago is 3-8 and they’re in dead last in the NFC North. They aren’t going to the playoffs this season.

Despite the losing record, the future for the Bears, however, is bright.

And that’s mostly because of Fields.

The former Ohio State standout has proven over the last few weeks to be one of the most electric players in the NFL. He absolutely has what it takes to be a franchise quarterback in Chicago.

But he’s also taken a beating this season. And there’s no point in adding on to that beating — or potentially risking further damage to his shoulder — by playing him in a game that is essentially meaningless for the Bears from a win/loss standpoint.

Chicago needs to rest their star quarterback and keep him as healthy as possible entering the offseason. There’s nothing to gain by playing him against the Jets (or the Packers).

Fields is a tough player. And I’m sure he’s lobbying to play. But I don’t think Fields playing is in the best interest of the Bears’ long-term future.

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