Schrock: Playing Fields vs. Jets would be insane act of negligence originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Justin Fields showed a lot Wednesday at Halas Hall. He was open and honest about the left shoulder separation he suffered in the final minutes of the Bears’ Week 11 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. He didn’t deflect or dodge when asked how it feels and impacts his ability to play quarterback.
“The pain is pretty high today just with throwing and stuff like that, finishing throws, just the pain with that,” Fields said Wednesday.
“It’s just different motions of me handing off the ball, throwing,” Fields later said about when he feels the pain. “When I’m finishing my throw, I’m feeling it pretty much every throw.”
NFL teams almost always default to dancing around the severity of injuries under the guise of “competitive advantage.” Bears head coach Matt Eberflus did that jig Wednesday before Fields spoke.
The second-year signal-caller was uninterested in playing mind games with the New York Jets. The quarterback being open and direct when he could have easily dealt in ambiguities told us a lot about Fields.
It seems like Fields is going to try to show even more by trying to play Sunday. He’s tough as nails, as evidenced by the bludgeoning he took early in the season before the Bears started getting him out of the pocket more often. He’s the ultimate competitor, as evidenced by playing with cracked ribs and a partially torn hip muscle during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Ohio State.
“When you get a big game like that, that’s the last game of the year, I’ve got to damn near die to not play in that one,” Fields said Wednesday.
Sunday’s Week 12 matchup between the 3-8 Bears and 6-4 Jets is galaxies away from any title game. There will be no rings on the line or playoff positioning. Game reps are valuable for Fields at this early stage, but he’s already proven he’s the franchise quarterback Eberflus and general…
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Publish date : 2022-11-24 01:45:00
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