It’s Justin Fields time for the Chicago Bears.
After Andy Dalton went down with a knee injury during the game against the Bengals last week, Fields filled in.
And even though the MRI’s came back relatively clean on Dalton, the bone bruise will be enough to keep him out for this week’s game in Cleveland.
On Wednesday, coach Matt Nagy announced that Justin Fields will be the starting quarterback in Dalton’s absence.
Bears' HC Matt Nagy made the announcement that Justin Fields is Chicago's starting QB with the idea to clear out any distractions and speculation about the issue. "We're ready to attack this thing moving forward," Nagy said.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 22, 2021
Shortly after the announcement was made, Bears fans everywhere were celebrating the fact that Justin Fields is now the QB1.
— Aaron Leming (@AaronLemingNFL) September 22, 2021
bears fans hearing the news justin fields is now the starter pic.twitter.com/GPIAdBr4y7
— Morale Supply Co.™ (@moralesupplyco) September 22, 2021
JUSTIN FIELDS OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED QB1 THIS SUNDAY. pic.twitter.com/yWHdqZZdZx
— Bear Down Blog (@BearDown_Blog) September 22, 2021
Justin Fields officially starting and I'm … pic.twitter.com/C1VzdLavmN
— Brad Evans (@NoisyHuevos) September 22, 2021
— Fireside Bears (@FiresideBears) September 22, 2021
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While Justin Fields will be the starter for now, Matt Nagy re-iterated that Andy Dalton will still be the team’s quarterback when he returns from his injury.
“When Andy is healthy, he’s our starter."
Nagy says Nick Foles will be the #2 QB this week.
— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) September 22, 2021
Justin Fields will have the tall task of going against a tough Cleveland Browns defense this week. But if he succeeds, it’s hard to picture Nagy actually going back to Andy Dalton whenever he returns.
Bears fans will cross that bridge when they get to it, though. For now, it’s time to see what the future franchise quarterback does as the QB1.