Bears quarterback Andy Dalton exits with knee injury


CHICAGO (670 The Score) -- Two games into his Bears career, veteran quarterback Andy Dalton's status as the team's starter is in question after he suffered an injury.

Dalton suffered a knee injury while attempting to step out of bounds on a 12-yard run early in the second quarter of an eventual 20-17 win against the Bengals at Soldier Field on Sunday afternoon, landing on his left foot awkwardly as he stepped out. Dalton exited the game, then returned for four plays on the following series before later leaving the game for good. Rookie quarterback Justin Fields, the No. 11 pick the NFL Draft in late April, finished out the game at quarterback for the Bears, helping direct the team to the victory.

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The Bears don't believe Dalton's injury to be serious, but coach Matt Nagy wouldn't commit to naming a starting quarterback if Dalton were to be healthy. They expect to know more on Dalton's health in the next day or two.

"I'm not going to get into any of that," Nagy said.

Dalton was 9-for-11 for 56 yards and a touchdown along with 25 rushing yards. Fields finished 6-of-13 for 60 yards while rushing 10 times for 31 yards.

The Bears (1-1) visit the Cleveland Browns (1-1) next Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.

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