Matt Eberflus: Bears will start Justin Fields in season finale if he's healthy because experience is valuable


(670 The Score) Bears quarterback Justin Fields will play in the team’s season finale against the Vikings next Sunday at Soldier Field, so long as he’s healthy.

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Following the Bears’ ugly 41-10 loss to the Lions on Sunday in Detroit, coach Matt Eberflus reiterated that the team has no intention of shutting down the 23-year-old Fields at the end of his second NFL season even as his body takes a big physical toll. Fields was sacked seven times by the Lions.

“In-game experience, there’s nothing like it,” Eberflus told reporters at Ford Field after the Bears set a franchise record for futility with their ninth straight loss. “We’re not going to get that anywhere else.

“If he’s healthy and good to go, he’s going. So, we’re got to get the experience. He’s got to play and learn and get better every single week.”

Fields was 7-of-21 for 75 yards, one touchdown pass and one interception during the Bears’ loss Sunday, when he posted a 40.8 quarterback rating. The Bears had just 230 total yards of offense and only 30 net passing yards. Fields also rushed 10 times for 132 yards. He’s 64 yards shy of Ravens star Lamar Jackson’s single-season quarterback rushing record of 1,206 yards, set in 2019.

Fields was evaluated for a concussion late in the second quarter Sunday but was cleared by an independent neurologist, according to the FOX television broadcast.

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