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Coach Matt Nagy told reporters Wednesday that Dalton would be the Bears’ starter once he is healthy enough to play but said it is a great opportunity for Fields, ESPN reports.
“It’s a great opportunity for Justin and for all of us as a staff to be able to take this thing and see where he goes with this,” Nagy said of Fields’ first starting opportunity.
Nagy said QB Nick Foles will serve as Fields’ backup against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
Dalton suffered the knee injury after landing awkwardly on the Chicago sideline following a scramble in the Sunday game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
ESPN reports Dalton’s left knee appeared to buckle, and he immediately pointed to Fields to enter the game and headed to the blue injury tent to be examined. The QB initially appeared to be OK and went back in for a series, but then he went back to the locker room before the half and was later ruled out.
Fields went 6-for-13 for 60 yards with an interception and rushed 10 times for 31 yards against the Bengals in Week 2. He completed the two passes he threw in Week 1 during the loss to the Los Angeles Rams.
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