Andy Dalton questionable for Sunday as Bears plan to make a game-time decision at quarterback

Rookie quarterback Justin Fields will start if Dalton (knee) isn't healthy.
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(670 The Score) The Bears plan to make a game-time decision on who will start at quarterback against the Lions on Sunday, coach Matt Nagy told reporters at Halas Hall on Friday.

Veteran starter Andy Dalton (left knee) was a limited participant in practice this week and is listed as questionable for Sunday. He's dealing with a bone bruise in his knee, which is considered a multi-week injury. Rookie quarterback Justin Fields will start if Dalton is unable to play. Fields doesn't carry a game designation for Sunday after he previously had a right thumb injury, meaning he's healthy enough to play.

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The Bears aren't considering starting veteran quarterback Nick Foles, Nagy said.

Dalton suffered his injury in the Bears' win against the Bengals on Sept. 19, leaving in the second quarter and not returning. The No. 11 overall pick in the NFL Draft in April, Fields has taken over in Dalton's absence.

Fields, 22, struggled in his first NFL start last Sunday, going 6-of-20 for 68 yards while the Bears posted only 47 total yards of offense in a 26-6 loss to the Browns. He suffered a right thumb injury in that game but was medically cleared to practice in full this week.

The Bears listed star pass rusher Khalil Mack (foot) as questionable for Sunday, though he returned to practice in a limited fashion Friday for lighter work. Mack has missed just two games during his eight-year NFL career.

Bears nose tackle Eddie Goldman doesn't have a game designation on the injury report after previously dealing with a knee issue, meaning he's officially cleared to play for what would be his first game since 2019. Goldman opted out of the 2020 season. Receiver Darnell Mooney (groin) was listed as questionable, though his status isn't in doubt. Safety Tashaun Gipson (hamstring) is doubtful to play, while linebacker Joel Iyiegbuniwe (hamstring) was ruled out.

Kickoff between the Bears (1-2) and Lions (0-3) comes Sunday at noon CT from Soldier Field.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.

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