(670 The Score) Veteran Andy Dalton will start at quarterback for the Bears against the Cardinals on Sunday, as the team hasn't cleared rookie Justin Fields for a return to game action as he recovers from a ribs fracture.
The 22-year-old Fields returned to practice in a limited fashion this week and is making “good progress,” coach Matt Nagy said Friday. He suffered the injury during a loss to the Ravens on Nov. 21, and Dalton filled in while helping lead the Bears to a win against the Lions on Nov. 25. Fields has started eight games this season. The Bears officially listed him as doubtful to play, and Nick Foles is set to be the backup to Dalton.
The Bears listed star linebacker Roquan Smith as questionable to play Sunday. He suffered a hamstring injury on Nov. 25 and practiced in a limited fashion Friday. The Bears also listed receiver Allen Robinson (hamstring) as doubtful to play.
The Bears ruled out defensive lineman Akiem Hicks (ankle), receiver Marquise Goodwin (foot/ribs) and defensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr. (ribs) for Sunday.
Chicago also plans to activate rookie offensive tackle Teven Jenkins from injured reserve. Jenkins, who underwent back surgery in August, would be eligible to play his first NFL game Sunday.
The Cardinals listed star quarterback Kyler Murray (ankle) and receiver DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring) as game-time decisions for Sunday.
Kickoff between the Bears (4-7) and Cardinals (9-2) comes at noon CT Sunday from Soldier Field.
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