Andy Dalton Could Miss More Time Due To Knee

Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields will make his first NFL start Sunday for the Chicago Bears, and ESPN reports there is a chance the rookie could get the starting job for another game or two.

Quarterback Andy Dalton is out Sunday with a bone bruise on his left knee after landing awkwardly on the Chicago sideline following a scramble in the game against the Cincinnati Bengals last week. ESPN reports Dalton could miss an additional week or two depending on how quickly he recovers.

Dalton has a bone bruise from his femur and tibia colliding, per ESPN. He did not suffer damage to any cartilage or ligaments and does not need surgery, but his return will be determined by how quickly the bone bruise heals.

The Bears have not placed the veteran QB on the injured reserve list, which would mandate he miss at least three games. So it seems there is hope that Dalton will return sooner than that three-week threshold.

OutKick previously reported Coach Matt Nagy told reporters that Dalton would be the Bears’ starter once he is healthy enough to play but said it is a great opportunity for Fields.

Nagy said QB Nick Foles will serve as Fields’ backup against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

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