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Justin Fields dealing with sore groin, but should play Week 2 preseason

It appears Bears 1st round draft pick avoided a serious injury after returning to practice on Thursday.

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Justin Fields #1 of the Chicago Bears looks for a receiver during a preseason game against the Miami Dolphins at Soldier Field on August 14, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Dolphins 20-13. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Chicago Bears rookie quarterback Justin Fields sat out of practice on Wednesday to rest a sore groin, per The Athletic’s Kevin Fishbain. Fields didn’t practice, but did stretch with the team and threw some passes in a “throw it in the trash bucket” competition at the end of practice, per Fishbain. And now it appears Fields will get some practice in today and play in their Saturday preseason matchup with the Buffalo Bills:

As long as he doesn’t have any worsening of this recent injury, all appears to be fine. Fields showed well in his first preseason games, as he completed 14 of 20 passes for 142 yards, one touchdown, no interceptions, and had five rushing attempts for 33 yards and a touchdown.

Veteran quarterback Andy Dalton is still in the lead for the Week 1 starting job, as he’s running with the first team in practice and preseason so far. Fields adds a rushing and escapability dynamic that Dalton doesn’t, so has an advantage if he can show competency as a passer. It seems inevitable that Fields will at some point take over for the veteran, but we’ll have to wait to see.