The same day they confirmed rookie left tackle Teven Jenkins will undergo surgery that'll sideline him for much, if not all, of the 2021 season, the Bears also revealed that fellow rookie Justin Fields will be held out of upcoming practice due to a groin injury. Coach Matt Nagy told reporters Wednesday that the first-round quarterback would be "pulled back" while recovering from the injury. He also didn't confirm whether Fields will be available for Saturday's second preseason game, even though that's the plan, saying the Bears will be "extremely conservative" in returning the QB to action.
"He was a little sore, and Justin is the last one that's gonna tell you that's an excuse," Nagy said of Fields' injury, which has surfaced days after the rookie's flashy preseason debut. "He's not going to use that excuse. He was pissed off with some of the throws and just the way, in general yesterday ... I didn't think offensively we had a very good day. We were able to watch the film last night, go through it and correct it and see why and stuff. For us, we've got to be smart. We want to be smart, and it doesn't make sense right now to push the limits with him and take a chance of making it more sore."
Nagy said the Bears don't believe Fields' injury is significant, adding that the plan is still to get him ready for Saturday's preseason game against the Bills. But it's unclear if Fields would still suit up for the game if he doesn't return to practice ahead of time.
It's notable that Nagy also downplayed Teven Jenkins' injury -- a back issue -- at the start of training camp. Now, as of Wednesday, Jenkins is slated to be sidelined until at least November thanks to surgery, after already missing all of camp up to this point. That's not to say Fields' ailment is more serious than Nagy has indicated, but the QB's status is worth monitoring all the same. Current starter Andy Dalton, after all, may be slated to open 2021 under center but has long been viewed as something of a placeholder for the rookie.
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