The Chicago Bears lost last night’s game to the Minnesota Vikings, a just-about-must-win game, which would have been bad enough. But losing multiple players to injuries in the process? It’s just bad, man. It’s all bad.
One of those injured players was starting quarterback Nick Foles, who went down with just 34 seconds left in the game. He was slammed back hard onto the ground, and stayed down in pain until the cart came to take him off the field:
Here's the play, with 34 seconds left in the game: Nick Foles gets slammed to the ground and had to be carted off. pic.twitter.com/1WLHoTAP4A
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) November 17, 2020
Nick Foles left the Bears-Vikings game on a cart after taking a hit late in the 4th quarter. pic.twitter.com/cOMb7bRfFd
— ESPN (@espn) November 17, 2020
After the game, Head Coach Matt Nagy indicated Foles would get his leg and hip evaluated further. But he knows it was probably not good if Foles was showing that much pain, and he also knows the protection has been a serious problem.
“He’s a tough dude, and he was in a lot of pain,” Nagy said. “When you see that and you’re down there with him, you feel for him just because you don’t know how bad it was. So that part is hard. Again, the protection and where we’re at with getting the ball out, quick game, getting the ball out and getting the ball out with max protection is something we’ve got once again to look at and make sure that where are we at right now and how are we doing this and all of that.”
Foles, 31, figures to be with the Bears heading into next year thanks to his restructured contract, even if he’s the back-up to whatever longer-term option the Bears bring in.
In the nearer-term, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens with Foles. If he can’t go next week, it’s possible Mitch Trubisky (shoulder) will be ready to return, but if he’s not, it’s Tyler Bray SZN.
The earliest signs this morning are that maybe Foles avoided a major injury:
From @gmfb: Despite the image of him leaving the field on a cart, #Bears QB Nick Foles did not suffer a major injury, sources say. Initial tests showed no fracture in his hip. He'll undergo further evaluation. pic.twitter.com/LmKR6uiYit
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) November 17, 2020