CHICAGO — Bears quarterback Justin Fields is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the New York Jets.
Fields said he was dealing with a severed shoulder with partially torn ligaments and called it “basically an AC joint injury” after landing out of bounds on his left shoulder while on last in a loss to Atlanta Drive the bear was attacked. On Thursday and Friday he was restricted in training.
Coach Matt Eberflus said the decision on whether Fields will play is a game-time decision.
“I think we’ll let it come to the game,” said Eberflus. “We will try to do that. We think it’s there and we’ll see where he is game-time and see how he feels.”
Eberflus said Fields is feeling better “every day” but the decision to play the 23-year-old quarterback will be a “three-pronged effect.” The fields would first have to be cleared for play by the Bears medical staff, then the quarterback would have to “feel really good with his performance.” Finally, according to Eberflus, the Chicago coaches would take their assessment of Fields during practice week to make a decision on his status.
“He’s capable of a lot of things, so we’re going to put him in there with what he can, and he’s done well there,” Eberflus said.
The Bears will start backup quarterback Trevor Siemian against the Jets if Fields is unable to play. Eberflus doesn’t see the ambiguity in the need for two separate game schedules based on which quarterback will start.
“You have to have plays that are for Justin and that are designed and designed and then you definitely have to have those that are for support at that position. But it’s not a big choice. Obviously, our offense is our offense and there are certain things Justin does and we’ve added the mini goodbye since bye week. It will only be our fault.
Chicago is 3-8 and in the middle of a four-game losing streak. While questions have been raised about whether it would make sense to sit Fields to allow his shoulder to heal or play the quarterback while not at full health, Eberflus said he didn’t think the QB decision would be any different if the Bears would be chasing the playoffs.
“I prefer (for him) to play when he’s 100 percent ready to play,” said Eberflus. “That’s my preference.
https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/35107464/bears-justin-fields-shoulder-listed-questionable-vs-jets Bears’ Justin Fields (shoulder) listed as questionable vs. Jets