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Justin Fields injury: What status means for Week 12 fantasy football

Justin Fields is dealing with a shoulder injury ahead of Week 12. We break down what it means for fantasy football roster decisions.

Justin Fields #1 of the Chicago Bears drops back to pass during the second half against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on November 20, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images

Game status Update: Fields is officially inactive for the game on Sunday. Backup quarterback Trevor Siemian will be under center as the Bears take on Mike White and the Jets.

Game day Update: Fields is not expected to play on Sunday. The Bears activated Nathan Peterman from the practice squad just in case, but it isn’t common for teams to carry three quarterbacks on their game day roster. The lack of Fields under center downgrades those around him for fantasy football as well. If you trust Trevor Siemian, great, but you should look into other options.

It looks like things are going to go right down to the wire for the Chicago Bears and quarterback Justin Fields. The second-year signal caller suffered a dislocated shoulder in his non-throwing arm last week against the Atlanta Falcons. Most reports earlier in the week cast doubt on his status for Sunday, but he was listed as a limited participant in all three practices this week. Given his style of play, the Bears may opt to sit Fields this week and let him recover some more. But it’s going to be a game-time decision.

The Bears are on the road to play the New York Jets on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

Fantasy football implications

Fields has been red hot since the middle of last month with six rushing touchdowns and nine passing scores in his last five games. Not bad for a guy who was still on the waive wire in a lot of fantasy leagues at the start of October.

If Fields can’t suit up, the Bears will turn to backup quarterback Trevor Siemian.