Chicago Bears’ Justin Fields cleared, will begin at QB versus Packers

Justin Fields will get back to his beginning role at quarterback for the Chicago Bears on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, coach Matt Nagy reported Wednesday.

Fields has missed the Bears’ past two games with an injury to his ribs, however Nagy said Wednesday that the new kid on the rookie has been medically cleared.

Nagy said Fields’ fractured ribs have completely mended.

“This comes down to, for him — like I’ve been saying the whole time — it’s a pain deal that we can’t really simulate. We go off what he says; we go off what our doctors say. When he’s fully cleared like he is, then we’re ready to rock and roll. He’s the starter when he’s healthy, and that’s where we’re at,” Nagy said.

Fields said Wednesday that he can finally relax and is prepared to play.

“I mean, yeah, there’s pain there, but I mean, the pain’s just not unbearable,” Fields told reporters. “I know there’s gonna be pain there but I mean, it is what it is. You have three cracked ribs, of course there’s gonna be pain. As long as it’s just not crazy pain where I can’t bear it, I’m gonna play and practice.”

Andy Dalton began the past two weeks instead of Fields however harmed his non-throwing hand in Sunday’s misfortune to the Arizona Cardinals, a game wherein he threw four interceptions.

Nagy said that the decision to begin Fields did not depend on Dalton’s injury and that he isn’t sure if Dalton or Nick Foles will be the reinforcement to Fields for Sunday’s game.

Fields, the No. 11 pick in the current year’s draft, has finished 58.1% of his pass attempts this season, throwing for 1,361 yards with four touchdowns and eight interceptions in 10 games. He additionally has scrambled for two scores this season.


Chicago Bears signed wide receiver Marquise Goodwin to 1-year contract

The Chicago Bears signed wide receiver Marquise Goodwin to a one-year contract Friday.

Goodwin has 140 receptions for 2,323 yards and 13 touchdowns more than seven seasons with the Buffalo Bills (2013-16) and San Francisco 49ers (2017-19). He had a career-best 962 yards in 2017 with San Francisco.

Goodwin quit last season – his first and only year with Philadelphia – due to COVID-19 concerns.

A track and field standout, he was a two-time national champion in the long jump in Texas and made the 2012 U.S. Olympic team. He was a third-round draft pick of the Bills in 2013.


Chicago Bears re-sign cornerback Artie Burns to a 1-year agreement

The Chicago Bears brought back a vital veteran in the optional with the signing of cornerback Artie Burns to a one-year agreement.

Burns joined the Bears last offseason, inking a one-year deal to go after the beginning cornerback spot inverse Kyle Fuller. Burns was drafted in the first round by the Pittsburgh Steelers. In four years with Pittsburgh, Burns showed up in 58 games, including 32 beginnings, where he recorded 149 tackles, four interceptions and 27 pass breakups.

With Fuller’s release recently, just as Buster Skrine being cut, cornerback depth has been a worry. Burns carries some veteran initiative to a moderately youthful cornerbacks room, which features Jaylon Johnson, Kindle Vildor and Duke Shelley.

Burns was on target to acquire the beginning cornerback spot opposite Fuller last training camp prior to suffering a torn ACL. The expectation is that he can bounce back in 2021, which will not be simple returning from that injury.

A week ago, Chicago signed veteran cornerback Desmond Trufant to probably possess the opportunity at cornerback opposite Johnson. Burns bring truly necessary depth and possibly competition to the cornerback spot.