Justin Fields' status remains uncertain as Bears prepare to host Packers


LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) -- Bears quarterback Justin Fields' status remains uncertain as Chicago prepares to host the rival Green Bay Packers this Sunday.

Fields is still dealing with a left shoulder injury that forced him to miss the Bears’ 31-10 loss to the Jets on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. It was his first missed game of the season. Fields' availability for this coming Sunday will be determined later this week, coach Matt Eberflus said Monday.

“If he’s ready to go at 100%, like I said last week and protect himself and play the way that he does, perform the way he does, and the doctors clear him, Ryan (Poles) and I say he looks good and he feels good about it, then it’s a green light," Eberflus said.

“We’ll see where he is on Wednesday.”

The Bears will return to practice Wednesday at Halas Hall. Fields was a limited participant in practice last week but wasn't medically cleared to play Sunday.

Fields suffered a separated left shoulder late in Chicago's loss at Atlanta on Nov. 20 when he took a hit along the sideline. Last Wednesday, he admitted he was dealing with pain while practicing.

Fields also acknowledged the need to avoid reaggravating the injury.

"I’m not going to sacrifice playing in this game for me risking that I might not be able to play later in games," Fields said last week. "I’m not going to have to sacrifice playing in this game and now I get hurt and I have to sit out two or three more weeks after that.

"I'm just seeing how my body feels, listening to my body and making sure I’m not forcing anything and stuff like that. Just seeing how it goes."

Fields has completed 59.6% of his passes for 1,642 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions over 11 games this season. He played in 12 games as a rookie in 2021, when he missed time with a ribs fracture, an ankle injury and COVID-19.

The Bears turned to Trevor Siemian as their starter Sunday with Fields sidelined. Siemian was 14-of-25 for 179 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Nathan Peterman, the No. 3 quarterback on the roster, was nearly called into action after Siemian suffered an oblique injury during pregame warmups.

As the Bears prepare to host the Packers at Soldier Field, Eberflus stressed Fields’ availability wouldn't be rushed because of how the team values its longstanding rivalry.

“It will still come down to see if he’s ready,” Eberflus said. “If he’s ready, he’s ready. That’s going to come down to strength and mobility. If it is that way, he’s got a green light.”

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

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