Justin Fields (ribs) to practice Wednesday, but Andy Dalton set to get most of Bears' 1st-team work


(670 The Score) Bears rookie quarterback Justin Fields will take the practice field Wednesday afternoon as he recovers from fractured ribs, coach Matt Nagy said. The team will determine his status moving forward based on how he responds and feels afterward.

Bears backup quarterback Andy Dalton is expected to take the majority of the first-team reps in practice, Nagy said, but Chicago remains committed to Fields as the starter once he's deemed healthy.

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Fields, 22, has played in 10 games and started eight for the Bears this season, completing 58.1% of his passes for 1,361 yards, four touchdowns and eight interceptions. He suffered the ribs fracture during a loss to the Ravens on Nov. 21.

Dalton, 34, replaced Fields after the injury. He has started three games this season, including a 16-14 win against the Lions last Thursday. Dalton was 24-of-39 for 317 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the Thanksgiving Day game.

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In other injury news, Bears linebacker Roquan Smith won't practice Wednesday, Nagy said. Smith suffered a hamstring injury last Thursday. His status moving forward is unclear.

The Bears (4-7) will release an injury report after practice Wednesday. They host the Cardinals (9-2) on Sunday at Soldier Field.