NFL: Fields is a doubt for Thanksgiving Day game

23 November 2021 22:12:51 GMTPlus11
Justin Fields is struggling with injury

Justin Fields remains a doubt to start Thursday's Thanksgiving Day contest between the Chicago Bears and the Detroit Lions after suffering a rib injury on Sunday.

The rookie quarterback exited in the third quarter of the 16-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens which leaves the Bears - 5/7 on the Money Line to beat the 6/5 Lions - on the brink of play-off elimination.

Chicago, who are the 14th-ranked team in the NFC with only seven to make the post-season, need to win all of their seven remaining games to post a 10-7 record that would give them a shot at making the play-offs.

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Fields took over as their starter in Week 3 and, after taking nine sacks in a 26-6 loss to the Cleveland Browns, began to show flashes of the ability he used to take Ohio State to the national title game last season.

But he has thrown twice the number of interceptions than touchdown passes during a five-game losing streak that has knocked the Bears down to third in the AFC North.

Back-ups at the ready

Head coach Matt Nagy told reporters on Monday the Bears are "still gathering the facts" and couldn't provide a further update on Fields' status for Thursday's game in Detroit.

The Lions look set to start their backup QB Tim Boyle again as Jared Goff continues to recover from an oblique injury.

Boyle made his first NFL start in Detroit's 13-10 loss to the Browns on Sunday, finishing 15-of-23 passing for 77 yards and two interceptions.

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