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Matt Nagy Offers No Word on Justin Fields’ Injured Ribs or Status For Thanksgiving Game (UPDATE: Initial Tests Complete)

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Not that it should come as much of a surprise to any one, given how little time had passed between Justin Fields’ ribs injury and the end of the Bears’ loss to the Ravens, but there wasn’t much of anything in terms of answers regarding the health status of Chicago’s starting quarterback. (SEE UPDATE BELOW.)

When asked about Fields’ status and if he could possibly play against the Lions on Thanksgiving, Nagy offered nothing:

Not even Andy Dalton had an answer. And he shares a position room with Fields:

Fields went left the game with an injury after a 3rd-and-long play early in the third quarter finished with the QB falling short of the first-down marker and being slow to get up. There was a quick stint in the blue medical tent on the sidelines, which was followed by Fields walking to the locker room with team doctors. And even though initial reports had Fields as questionable to return, he was eventually ruled out. Andy Dalton finished things up, almost picking up a victory in relief for his efforts. But for the second time in as many games, Chicago’s defense failed to hold a lead after its offense took a late lead in the final minutes of the fourth quarter.

It was déjà vu all over again, in all the worst ways.

The Bears play the Lions on Thanksgiving. And this short turnaround won’t provide much time for recovery. Plus, hypothetical injury reports that come in the following days aren’t likely to shine light on anything. But we’ll follow this story and share any developments when possible.

Obviously, the sting from a soul-crushing loss — one that ultimately led to audible “Fire Nagy!” chants at Soldier Field in the game’s waning moments — isn’t subsiding any time soon. Especially not for the players. However, Fields’ health is at top of mind right now.

UPDATE: Fields is reportedly at the hospital having not only the ribs checked, but also his spleen:

That sounds scary, and at present, you just hope Fields is OK purely from a health perspective. You can worry about a timeline for a return to play after that. We’ll update if and when there’s more.

UPDATE 2: An initial round of good news



Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.