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LAKE FOREST, Ill. – The Chicago Bears coach, Matt Nagy said it will be a last minute decision if Andy Dalton or Justin Fields start at quarterback on Sunday. versus the Detroit Lions.
Veteran Nick Foles is not in consideration, according to Nagy.
“We know what we’re doing and that’s what we believe in and what we’re going for,” Nagy reported after practice on Friday.
Nagy has repeatedly insisted that Dalton is Chicago’s starter when healthy, but the 33-year-old quarterback suffered a blow to his left knee in Week 2 and was inactive in Sunday’s 26-6 loss to the Cleveland Browns.
Dalton had limited participation in training throughout the week and is officially listed as questionable to face the Detroit Lions.
“I feel good,” Dalton said Friday. “When you suffer an injury, you try to do everything you can to rehabilitate and feel good as soon as possible. So everything has gone in the right direction and everything is improving, so I feel good about my situation.”
Fields suffered a right thumb injury against the Browns, but had a full turnout all week and is not listed with an injury designation in the final report.
Cleveland sacked Fields nine times in the rookie’s NFL starting debut, leaving him with just 6 of 20 passes for 68 yards and 12 rushing yards on three attempts.
For his part, Fields said he enjoyed a solid week of practice and put the game against the Browns behind him.
“In practice this week compared to practice last week, I felt more comfortable; I just put that into my learning and leave it in the past,” he said. “You really can’t get any worse than that. I mean, I hope not. But I felt comfortable this week.”
Nagy echoed the sentiment.
“The game Justin played last week, he did a lot of things that he’s going to learn from,” Nagy recalled. “But we too, and myself, have to help him. I think the most important thing for him is, ‘Okay, that’s how he was on practice week. That’s how he was on game day, both physically and mentally. Do I focus this week? Am I getting better? Is there any improvement? Am I getting better at the things I was good at? Am I getting better at the things I wasn’t that good at? ‘”
“And that is what we are doing as coaches during the practice week, is seeing him and seeing that. I can say from last week to this week that you do see that progress. That is there, knowing and feeling how he practiced, that is why I would answer it that way. “
In other news, Nagy declined to reveal whether he would continue to call offensive plays or hand over the duty to offensive coordinator Bill Lazor or another assistant coach. The Bears had just 47 total net yards, 1 net passing yard and averaged 1.1 yards per offensive play in Sunday’s ugly loss to the Browns.