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Bears QB Andy Dalton doubtful vs. Lions, Justin Fields likely to start again

We break down the Monday news that Andy Dalton is dealing with a knee injury, and Justin Fields a hand injury, and what it means for Week 4.

Sep 19, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Andy Dalton (14) walks off the field after their 20-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals at Soldier Field. Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

Saturday update: Andy Dalton is listed as doubtful and unlikely to be active for the contest, meaning Justin Fields will make his second career start, according to Chris Emma of 670 The Score.

Friday update: Justin Fields has been taken off the injury report, while Andy Dalton was limited all week and is considered questionable. We won’t know who the starting quarterback is until game-time, but if Dalton is active, Nagy has said he’ll get his job back.

Thursday update: Once again Andy Dalton was limited and Justin Fields full on the injury report Thursday. But Dalton did appear to be moving around better today according to Adam Hoge.

Wednesday PM update: Andy Dalton was able to get a limited practice in on Wednesday while Justin Fields had no limitations, per the injury report. Dalton is still the No. 1, so if he can go, he’d jump Fields for the start on Sunday.

Wednesday update: Head coach Matt Nagy tells reporters that both Justin Fields and Andy Dalton will practice in some capacity today, per Brad Biggs. Andy Dalton remains the starting quarterback when healthy, so if he can get in a full practice this week, he’d likely take back over.

Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy told reporters on Monday that veteran quarterback Andy Dalton is week-to-week with a knee injury, according to Adam Caplan. Nagy also said that all three quarterbacks are under consideration to start next week in Week 4 against the Detroit Lions, per Brad Briggs.

Rookie quarterback Justin Fields suffered a hand injury his in first career start against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. Nagy said that Fields’ X-rays on his hand came back negative, but he wants to see how he looks on Wednesday, per Kevin Fishbain.

Fantasy football implications

Fields did not have the greatest rookie debut, which was marred by poor play from the Bears’ offensive line. The rookie signal caller was sacked an unbelievable nine times as the Browns’ defensive line was constantly in his face.

Fields completed 6-of-20 passes for 68 yards and had 12 rushing yards. If Fields were to miss time because of the hand injury, then we could potentially see Nick Foles get the start against the Lions. With the way that the Bears’ offensive line is playing, they might not want to have Fields starting, especially with the pressure the Lions’ defense created in Week 3 against the Baltimore Ravens.