Justin Fields spent a good chunk of the 2021 NFL season fighting to become the starting quarterback for the Chicago Bears. However, it sounds like he’s going to have to step back for a bit to heal an injury.

Fields left Sunday’s game between the Bears and Baltimore Ravens with a rib injury. In his place, Andy Dalton, who originally started for the team this season, stepped in and led a comeback effort that fell short in a 16-13 loss.

The hope was that Fields would recover in time for the Bears’ Thanksgiving day battle with the Detroit Lions. However, according to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, Fields is still dealing with the impact of the injury and Dalton will start in his place.

Bears fans can take solace in knowing an MRI revealed that Fields didn’t break his ribs. Rapoport followed up his report by saying Fields isn’t that far off from returning, but he’s just not at 100% yet.

The good news is that the Bears are playing the winless Lions, who are 0-9-1 on the year. And Andy Dalton is very capable of handling things while Fields recovers. The hope is that Fields will be back and ready for action when the Bears play the Arizona Cardinals on Dec. 5.

In the meantime, plenty of folks around the NFL had something to say about the QB news out of Chicago, especially in the way it alters the quarterback matchup for the Turkey Day game.

[Ian Rapoport]

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Sean Keeley is the creator of the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and author of 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and many other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle.