HOORAY! Justin Fields Has Been Cleared to Practice

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HOORAY! Justin Fields Has Been Cleared to Practice

Chicago Bears

While the New York Jets clarified their quarterback situation this morning by benching Zach Wilson in favor of Mike White, the Chicago Bears still have some work to do.

But at least they know that Justin Fields has been cleared to practice this week after suffering a left (non-throwing) shoulder injury against the Falcons. A trio of tweets to help ease your mind regarding the Bears’ injured QB:

A triumvirate of good news from Halas Hall.

Firstly, Fields has been medically cleared to practice. Medical clearance was a big hurdle to overcome this week, especially considering that there were conflicting reports regarding the severity of the injury. I’m not a doctor, nor do I play one online. But I understand there are significant differences in severity when discussing a separated shoulder and a dislocated one. In any case, that FIelds is practicing — even in a limited capacity — is a good sign.

Secondly, that Fields is *NOT* a candidate to go on IR is welcome news. On Monday, Head Coach Matt Eberflus told reporters that Fields’ injury was of the day-to-day variety, but would not rule out the possibility that it would be a season-ending injury. That type of discrepancy is the kind of thing that keeps you up at night. But that Eberflus came through Wednesday with sending the direct message that Fields isn’t going on injured reserve is welcoming.

And, finally, that Fields will play if everything checks out from a medical perspective this week. This one is going to come with mixed emotions. Because, on the one hand, you play to win the game. And Fields – who threw up a bonkers game with busted ribs in the College Football Playoffs in January 2021 – is the type who would want to play through injury. He probably sees it as a badge of honor. But on the other hand, the Bears should be cognizant of the big picture. And if Fields isn’t practicing in a full capacity this week, it might be best to give him some extra time off and re-assess the situation.

In any case, I’m just happy Fields is in a good place healthwise going into this week. It’s the best news we could’ve gotten.

Author: Luis Medina

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