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Report: Andy Dalton Expected to Resume QB1 Duties on Thanksgiving in Place of an Injured Justin Fields

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With Justin Fields’ rib injury being what it is, it was only a matter of time before this news came across the wires.

NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reports Andy Dalton will get the start for the Bears at quarterback on Thursday against the Lions. So, prepare yourself for the Andy Dalton Experience getting a Thanksgiving-themed re-boot in Detroit.

Dalton, if you’ll recall, began the year as the Bears’ QB1 after singing as a free agent back in March. And even after the team chose Fields in the 2021 NFL Draft one month later, Dalton was locked into that role through the offseason, training camp, preseason, and into the regular season. A knee injury in Week 2 put Dalton on the shelf, which led to Fields (eventually) taking the starting gig and keeping it. Unfortunately, an injury to Fields on Sunday now leads to Dalton’s return to the starting lineup.

Nothing like cracking the emergency quarterback safe to get the Thanksgiving vibes right. And that’s for both teams, as Tim Boyle figures to start for the Lions in place of Jared Goff.

I doubt this is what FOX had in mind when plucking a Bears-Lions matchup back in spring.

Nevertheless, it’s what we’ve got in store for us with an 11:30 a.m. CT kickoff. But for what it’s worth, we know Dalton knows his way around birds:



Author: Luis Medina

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