In the third quarter of the Bears vs. Ravens game on Sunday, Bears quarterback Justin Fields took a hard hit and stepped off the field to be evaluated for an injury. He was ruled out for the remainder of the game.
After Fields was evaluated in the medical tent on the sidelines, Fields made his way to the locker room. During this time, backup quarterback Andy Dalton began warming up in order to step in for Fields.
Justin Fields heading to the locker room. Oy. pic.twitter.com/nL2A9Url7D
— Dean Lamb (@DeanWLamb) November 21, 2021
CBS’s Tracy Wolfson reported mid-game that Fields was holding onto his ribs as he left the game, and that he was headed to the X-ray room to be evaluated. At the time, he was questionable to return to the game.
#Bears injury update:
QB Justin Fields (ribs) downgraded to OUT.
— Chicago Bears (@BearsPR) November 21, 2021
Dalton hasn’t participated in a game since Week 5, when he only stepped in for one completion against the Raiders. Fields was officially named the Bears starter in Week 3 after a lot of preseason drama in the Bears organization about who would take the starting position.
In Dalton’s first drive back on the field on Sunday, he threw a 60-yard pass to Darnell Mooney for a touchdown. This happened to be the first touchdown for either team of the game.
— NFL (@NFL) November 21, 2021
Fields’s injury is rib related, but there are no details at the moment about what his return timeline will look like. Those answers will come after his evaluation.