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Justin Fields injury: Bears QB dealing with a few cracked ribs, expected to return to lineup soon

We break down Monday’s news that Justin Fields has a ribs injury. What it means for Week 12 and beyond.

Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) scrambles in the first half against the Baltimore Ravens at Soldier Field. Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

Update: According to Ian Rapoport, Fields has tiny fractures in his ribs. These are not considered major injuries, so Fields should return to the lineup soon.

Tuesday update: Matt Nagy announced to the media on Tuesday morning that Andy Dalton will start on Thanksgiving in place of Justin Fields.

UPDATE: Andy Dalton is expected to start this Thursday against the Lions in place of Fields, per Ian Rapoport.

Bears head coach Matt Nagy told reporters Monday that starting quarterback Justin Fields’ ribs injury is still being evaluated and he won't rule out broken ribs, per Adam Jahns. Fields suffered the injury in the second half of Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens.

However, Fields said on Instagram last night that he has bruised ribs and when asked by his friend if they were broken, he responded with no, sir.

Fantasy football implications

If Fields is not ready to play on Thanksgiving Day against the Detroit Lions, then backup quarterback Andy Dalton will be starting under center. Dalton came on in relief on Sunday afternoon against the Ravens and played solid. The veteran quarterback completed 11-of-23 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns.

Dalton started off the season as Bears’ starting quarterback before going down with a knee injury in Week 2 against the Cincinnati Bengals. Since then, it has been the Fields show for the Bears, who has shown flashes of development and growth over the last few weeks.