For what I hope are very obvious reasons, I want to remind you that we never want to see a player get hurt, even if it helps your team. It’s just not right to root against someone’s health and livelihood. That being said, injuries are a natural part of football, and sometimes, they come with byproducts that might play into our overall interests. Today was no exception for Bears fans.
First, and most notably, we saw Andy Dalton come up limp after a scrambling right early in the second quarter against the Bengals, leaving and then returning for just one drive with a knee injury.
The injury to Andy Dalton leaves the situation with Justin Fields incorrectly resolved but with the correct result.
Feel for Andy, but Justin is the future of the franchise. Play him.pic.twitter.com/15ITisfvYB
— Cam Mellor (@CamMellor) September 19, 2021
Dalton was listed as questionable by the Bears and eventually downgraded to doubtful as Justin Fields finished the game in his place (Michael: Matt Nagy said he was available for a while there in the second half, but started feeling worse as the game went on). Fields finished 6-of-13 with 60 passing yards, zero touchdowns, and an interception through the air while picking up 31 yards on 10 attempts on the ground as the Bears topped the Bengals 20-17 on the afternoon.
Dalton will get an MRI on his knee and the “Who’s starting?” questions will only heat up ahead of and throughout Week 3.
With that said, the Dalton injury wasn’t the only notable injury for quarterbacks around the league today, as we saw a handful of signal-callers go down throughout the afternoon.
Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was carted off the field with a rib injury in the first quarter of the Dolphins’ matchup with the Buffalo Bills.
Baker Mayfield went down with an apparent left shoulder injury but returned to the game and completed 19-of-21 passes for 213 yards with a touchdown, an interception, and a 105.0 passer rating in a 31-21 Browns victory over Houston.
Derek Carr gave Raiders fans a major scare after he went down after taking a lower-body hit against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Carr returned, and the Raiders beat the Steelers 26-17 to jump out to a 2-0 record in the early going this season. Carr finished up the game 28-of-37 with 382 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions.
Indianapolis Colts’ quarterback Carson Wentz has dealt with injuries since coming to Indy this past offseason. Today, Wentz left the Colts 27-24 loss to the Rams after being brought down by Aaron Donald after suffering a leg injury. Before being replaced by backup Jacob Eason, Wentz was 20-of-31 for 247 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.
It was a wild early slate for quarterback injuries, and it’s just Week 2 in the NFL season.
Quarterbacks who have left todays games at some point due to injury.
… it’s only week two 😰
— Emmanuel Acho (@EmmanuelAcho) September 19, 2021