Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Latest Injury Update Proves Justin Fields Is A Cyborg

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When the week began, there were rumblings around Halas Hall and the national media that Justin Fields might be done for the season. He came out of the loss in Atlanta with a nasty-looking shoulder injury. The incident came on one of the game’s final plays when he landed on it awkwardly while falling out of bounds. Some reports suggested it was a shoulder dislocation. That could require surgery and a recovery time of 12-16 weeks. In other words, he wasn’t playing again in 2022. So Chicago Bears fans waited for an update.



What they got was a reminder of how ridiculous of a physical specimen Fields is. Head coach Matt Eberflus updated the media on Wednesday. The status remained the same. Fields was “day-to-day.” No surgery and no shutting down for the season. If that weren’t crazy enough, it was also confirmed the quarterback would practice, albeit on a limited basis. One can’t understate the level of toughness it takes to do that. Simply going through regular activities is painful with a shoulder separation. To practice with it is another thing entirely.

It speaks to Fields’ commitment to the team and commitment to winning.

Justin Fields must be protected from himself.

Eberflus indicated there are no plans to shut Fields down. If he feels good enough to go, he’ll go. The reasoning is simple. The Bears are trying to win. It sends the right message to the team when the quarterback is willing to gut it out through injuries to play. That said, the Bears are 3-8. It’d be one thing if the playoffs were still a possibility. They aren’t. Throwing Fields out there against a fierce New York Jets defense on the road feels like a dangerous gamble. If it must happen, then it falls on the coaches to protect him.

That means fewer designed quarterback runs and anything that opens him up to added hits. This is a problem, considering how key they are to this offense. Still, there are other ways to generate offense without getting reckless with Justin Fields. They can run more quick-hitting passes. Maintain heavy doses of David Montgomery on the ground. Lots of play action. This could be an opportunity to explore having him pass more often, even though the offensive line is still bad.

Whatever it takes to keep him as healthy as possible.

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ajant
ajant
Nov 26, 2022 7:26 am

I get flashbacks of Derrick Rose playing in the end of the game when he wasn’t needed on the court anymore, you remember those things years later, it broke my heart. Don’t do something stupid.

Ralph Law
Ralph Law
Nov 24, 2022 11:50 am

Good luck to Fields, and especially playing for a coaching staff that should have had many issues fixed by the first game. The list is long. I’m a frustrated Bears fan since we were neighbors to George and Minnie Halas when I attended my first game in 1954.

Rick
Rick
Nov 24, 2022 8:50 am

Maybe they’re going this route to throw the jets off so they don’t know who to prepare for. My guess is the organization is making the decisions to try and win this year because that’s the point of the nfl. If they play to tank that’s using all your people and resources to lose. They are developing a winning culture. Do winning things this year, make the playoffs next year.

Jim B
Jim B
Nov 23, 2022 8:03 pm

Only an idiot would want Fields to play in a meaningless game. Playing at less than 100% and at full speed can result in injuries in the NFL. Not just to his non throwing shoulder but to any part of his body. Like his spine or knees. His developemnt will come to a screeching halt if he suffers a career ending injury trying to protect his shoulder.

David
David
Nov 23, 2022 6:49 pm

You don't need a shoulder the play QB. Just like a sprinter doesn't need legs. –Blade Runner

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