Bears QB Justin Fields: Pain in injured shoulder is ‘pretty high’


Bears quarterback Justin Fields said the pain in his injured shoulder is “pretty high” after being a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Fields suffered the shoulder injury Sunday and described it as “a separated shoulder with a partially torn ligament, basically an AC joint.”
  • Bears coach Matt Eberflus said the QB won’t be placed on injured reserve.
  • Fields said that if the Bears played Wednesday, he wouldn’t play.


After a slow start to the season, Fields has been on a tear in the second half of the season, including rushing for an NFL quarterback-record 178 yards in Week 9 against the Dolphins.

The Bears are currently 3-8 but have lost their last three games by a combined seven points.

How likely is it Fields will play Sunday?

Fields was quite honest about his situation, telling reporters the exact injury. The pain was high during Wednesday’s walkthrough. He did seem upbeat, and it’s rare for a quarterback to talk if he knows he’s not going to play. Sometimes, a team will just wait until Friday to make a quarterback available to keep an opponent on its toes. He definitely wants to play, but it might be tough for him to rally from the pain he felt Wednesday and be able to play Sunday. -Fishbain

What it means for Bears if he can’t play

So much of the offensive success over the past five weeks has come via Fields’ running abilities, which has also opened up passing opportunities for him, and he’s come through. Trevor Siemian, while experienced, cannot give the offense that running threat. The pressure would be on the O-line to hold up against one of the league’s best defensive fronts, and for the receivers to get open quickly with a quarterback who isn’t going to scramble. -Fishbain

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