The chaos ahead of last week’s Bears-Jets game is still fresh in my mind. Justin Fields went from running out on the MetLife Stadium turf for some practice throws to heading back to the locker room in the blink of an eye. That led us to Trevor Siemian lining up to start in place of Fields. But that plan was thrown for a loop when Siemian suffered an oblique injury, causing the Bears to announce Nathan Peterman to be the starter in Siemian’s place.
It was a mess. Especially when Siemian ultimately ended up starting and playing the entire game. A courageous effort, to be sure. But the end result is that Siemian will need surgery on the problematic oblique injury. It will send him to injured reserve and cause him to miss the rest of the season.
Wow! Siemian is a real one for gutting out that Jets game with an oblique injury that turns out was serious enough to require season-ending surgery. Performance aside, it takes some real cojones to tough it out in that game, against a tough Jets defense, and on one of the NFL’s worst playing surfaces. I’ve got nothing but respect for Siemian moving forward.
As for what’s left of the Bears’ quarterbacks room, well, at least Fields is still around. Behind him on the depth chart are Tim Boyle (who the team signed off the Lions practice squad earlier in the week) and Nathan Peterman (who has been on the Bears’ practice squad since the year began). In all likelihood, Peterman will get the promotion to the active roster (as he did last week) with Boyle being on the list of inactives this week. I mean, come on, he just got here. We can’t expect him to just take over QB2 duties when the pages of his playbook are still hot and fresh off the copy machine.