Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields has been cleared to return to practice on Wednesday and is considered “day to day” with a left shoulder injury, head coach Matt Eberflus announced on Wednesday.
Fields suffered the separation to his left (non-throwing) shoulder late in the Bears’ Week 11 loss to the Atlanta Falcons this past Sunday.
The Bears are holding a walk-through Wednesday, and Fields’ estimation for the injury report will be limited, per Eberflus.
Eberflus previously did not rule out the possibility of Fields landing on injured reserve or that the injury could be season-ending, but those outcomes feel less likely with this development.
Chicago heads on the road in Week 12 to face the New York Jets, who just announced that they’ve benched Zach Wilson in favor of Mike White against the Bears. The Jets drafted Wilson No. 2 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft, with the Bears selecting Fields with the No. 11 pick.
Fields also dealt with a hamstring injury last week against the Falcons, at one point being carted off the field for examination.
The 3-8 Bears have lost seven out of their past eight games, but Fields has been one of the team’s bright spots. He’s thrown for 13 TDs and run for seven more scores in 11 starts this season after throwing for seven TDs and rushing for two more scores in 12 games (10 starts) as a rookie last year.
Bears backup Trevor Siemian, who spent the 2019 season with the Jets, has seen action in one game this season and completed his only pass attempt, for 5 yards. Siemian had an 11-3 TD-INT ratio a year ago for the Saints, but New Orleans lost all four of the games he started.
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