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    After moving past rumors about coach Matt Nagy’s job status, the Chicago Bears had a week of relative peace following their Thanksgiving win against the Detroit Lions. Now the 9-2 Arizona Cardinals come to town to try to disturb that calm. We’ve got Week 13 updates all day from Soldier Field. Get the latest Bears news on your phone, desktop and inbox Be the first to read Brad Biggs’ 10 thoughts on the Bears each week Week 13 inactives announced Bears inside linebacker Roquan Smith is active Sunday against the Cardinals. Smith missed practices Wednesday and Thursday with a hamstring injury but returned in a limited capacity Friday. He worked out at Soldier Field hours before the game to test out his hamstring before the Bears made the decision. Bears rookie offensive tackle Teven Jenkins also is active for his first NFL game after the Bears activated him Saturday. Jenkins missed training camp and the first 11 games after having back surgery. Bears quarterback Justin Fields and wide receiver Allen...
    Justin Fields’ performance in the stretch run of the season will set the tone in terms of what the Chicago Bears roster looks like going forward. Complicating that is the ribs injury he suffered Nov. 21 during the aggravating 16-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Fields missed the Thanksgiving Day victory in Detroit and Andy Dalton is set to start again Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals at Soldier Field. If you are compiling a list of young players not named Fields in position to offer hope for the future, start with outside linebacker Trevis Gipson. The 2020 fifth-round pick hasn’t gotten the attention given to wide receiver Darnell Mooney, tight end Cole Kmet, cornerback Jaylon Johnson, offensive tackles Larry Borom and Teven Jenkins or even running back Khalil Herbert, but Gipson is a player the Bears need to take a large step forward in the final six games. The others, of course, have carved out niches for themselves or are working to do that. Gipson has flashed on occasion, and with 17 games of experience entering...
    After moving past rumors about coach Matt Nagy’s job status, the Chicago Bears had a week of relative peace following their Thanksgiving win against the Detroit Lions. Now the 9-2 Arizona Cardinals come to town to try to disturb that calm. The Cardinals had extra time to prepare for the Bears coming off their bye week. They opened the season with seven straight victories before going 2-2 in their last four games, including 2-1 without quarterback Kyler Murray. Murray, who had a left ankle injury, could return Sunday after coach Kliff Kingsbury deemed him a game-day decision. The Bears, however, won’t have starting quarterback Justin Fields, who isn’t medically ready to return from broken ribs. Bears coach Matt Nagy named veteran Andy Dalton the starter for the second straight game. Dalton led the Bears to a 16-14 comeback victory over the Lions on Thanksgiving but will have a tougher test against one of the NFL’s top defenses. “We’ve got to be consistent with what we’re doing,” Dalton said. “To have that last drive (against...
    Chicago Bears quarterback Andy Dalton will start his second straight game in place of Justin Fields on Sunday as the Bears host the Arizona Cardinals at Soldier Field. As Fields recovers from broken ribs, Dalton will try to push the Bears to a second straight win against a much more difficult opponent than the winless Detroit Lions team he beat last week. As kickoff approaches, here’s our snapshot look at the game. Chicago Bears (4-7) vs. Arizona Cardinals (9-2) Kickoff: Noon Sunday at Soldier Field. TV and radio: FOX-32, WBBM-AM 780, WCFS-FM 105.9, WRTO-AM 1200 (Spanish). The line: Cardinals by 7½. Over/under: 43½. Sign up now to get Brad Biggs’ 10 thoughts first 1. Player in the spotlight The Cardinals declared quarterback Kyler Murray questionable to play Sunday in what would be his first game since Oct. 28 because of a left ankle injury. Coach Kliff Kingsbury called Murray a game-day decision — one that could drastically affect what the Bears are facing. In eight games before his injury, Murray threw...
    Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields is not expected to return from his ribs injury Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, but one of his fellow rookies could potentially see his first NFL game action. Bears coach Matt Nagy named quarterback Andy Dalton the starter and Nick Foles the backup for the Week 13 game at Soldier Field, saying Fields is making progress but wasn’t ready to be medically cleared to play. Meanwhile, the Bears have cleared rookie offensive tackle Teven Jenkins to be activated 3½ months after he underwent back surgery. Jenkins, the No. 39 draft pick out of Oklahoma State in the spring, returned to practice Nov. 15 and is feeling good, Nagy said. Nagy indicated Jenkins — for now — will be offensive line depth behind veteran left tackle Jason Peters and rookie right tackle Larry Borom, but he also could be used on the field-goal/extra-points team or in special situations. Nagy said a rotation with Borom midseason might be too difficult to execute. “When you draft a guy you’re always anticipating how he’s going...
    After a mini-bye weekend, the Chicago Bears returned to Halas Hall on Monday to review film from their 16-14 win over the Detroit Lions and hold a short practice. As he recovers from broken ribs, rookie quarterback Justin Fields worked to the side with other injured players during the portion of practice open to the media, and coach Matt Nagy said Bears medical staff still is working through whether Fields will be cleared this week. Without Fields playing against the Lions, the Bears couldn’t assess the growth of their most important player. But there were still moments that mattered for the Bears future in the unconvincing win against the 0-10-1 Lions. As the Bears move on from last week’s tumult around Nagy’s job status and focus on Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals at Soldier Field, here are five significant things to take from Thursday’s win. 1. Darnell Mooney topped 120 receiving yards for the second straight game and third time this season. Mooney said after the game he wasn’t happy with his performance against the...
    During a week of confusion and tumult, reports and rumors, the Chicago Bears needed something to lean on. Anything, really. Burdened by their five-game losing streak and then left to sift through the growing uncertainty regarding coach Matt Nagy’s job security, players and coaches had to push to retain their focus and the concentration of those around them. Veteran quarterback Andy Dalton was happy to do his part. On Wednesday night, at Nagy’s behest, Dalton spoke to the team at their hotel as a way of helping to recenter the group. A day later, he threw for 317 yards, drilled a 17-yard second-quarter touchdown pass to tight end Jimmy Graham and led an 18-play, game-winning field-goal drive that allowed the Bears to edge the last-place Detroit Lions 16-14 on the final snap at Ford Field. Dalton’s Thanksgiving eve pep talk? “I just spoke from the heart,” he said. “It’s what it all boils down to. I just felt like there was something in talking about what we needed in this moment.” Added receiver Darnell Mooney on...
    Justin Fields is moving around “pretty good,” according to coach Matt Nagy, but it’s premature to say what the rookie quarterback’s status will be with the Chicago Bears, who launched into a mini-bye weekend Friday. Fields was inactive for Thursday’s come-from-behind, 16-14 victory over the Detroit Lions at Ford Field, sidelined with what Nagy confirmed were cracked ribs. On Friday morning, with players set to be off for the weekend, Nagy said he didn’t know the recovery time, but it’s certainly possible the first-round draft pick could return and start against the Arizona Cardinals on Dec. 5 at Soldier Field. “We have some time on our side right now,” Nagy said. “Every day matters for him. I think he’s doing a good job of keeping the communication open. But we’re going to have to wait and see truly where his health is to the point of him being able to play or not play. We don’t want to obviously risk more injury to him as well.” The status of inside linebacker Roquan Smith also remains up in...
    The Chicago Bears have signed a purchase agreement for Arlington International Racecourse, a move that takes the team a step closer toward securing property for a new stadium and leaving their longtime home at Soldier Field. The Bears on June 17 submitted one of multiple bids to purchase the Arlington Heights property, which Churchill Downs Inc. last winter announced would be up for sale for redevelopment. Bears President and CEO Ted Phillips said in a statement that finalizing the agreement was the “critical next step in continuing our exploration of the property and its potential.” Churchill Downs announced the sale price was $197.2 million and said it anticipated closing the sale in late 2022 or early 2023. Soldier Field, which is owned by the Chicago Park District, holds 61,500 fans, the smallest capacity in the NFL. The Bears also would be able to develop the 326-acre property around the stadium with shopping, dining and entertainment. Here’s what to know about the possible move from Soldier Field, with reaction from City Hall to Arlington Heights. What would...
    Justin Fields is moving around “pretty good,” according to coach Matt Nagy, but it’s premature to say what the rookie quarterback’s status will be with the Chicago Bears, who are launched into a mini bye weekend Friday. Fields was inactive for Thursday’s come-from-behind 16-14 victory over the Detroit Lions at Ford Field, sidelined with what Nagy confirmed were cracked ribs. On Friday morning, with players set to be off for the weekend, Nagy said he didn’t know the recovery length, but it’s certainly possible the first-round draft pick could return and start against the Arizona Cardinals on Dec. 5 at Soldier Field. “We have some time on our side right now,” Nagy said. “Every day matters for him. I think he’s doing a good job of keeping the communication open. But we’re gonna have to wait and see truly where his health is to the point of him being able to play or not play. We don’t wanna obviously risk more injury to him as well.” The status of inside linebacker Roquan Smith also remains up in...
    Playing on Thanksgiving is nothing new for the Chicago Bears, who have done it 37 times — the third most in the NFL. Known as the Decatur and then Chicago Staleys for its first two Thanksgiving games, the team competed on the November holiday annually for 19 consecutive years from 1920-38. The venue that has hosted the Bears most on Thanksgiving — 11 times — is Wrigley Field. Here’s a look back at the team’s record on the holiday from the past century. Memorable Thanksgiving game moments for the Bears Nov. 26, 1925: The Bears and Chicago Cardinals play to a scoreless tie at Wrigley Field before 36,000 people — then the largest crowd in professional football history. It’s also the first professional football game for Red Grange, whose signing from the University of Illinois days earlier is credited with helping legitimize the NFL. The teams face each other on Thanksgiving in 1926 — with the game resulting in another scoreless tie. Nov. 29, 1934: The defending champion Bears defeat the Lions 19-16 in the...
    As Cairo Santos sent a 28-yard field goal through the uprights while the seconds wound down Thursday afternoon, he saved the Chicago Bears from a bad week turning into an even bigger embarrassment. The Bears didn’t need to give the Detroit Lions their first win of the season on Thanksgiving at Ford Field. Not after Bears rookie Justin Fields injured his ribs and was forced to sit out. Not after a report emerged that Bears ownership told coach Matt Nagy it was going to fire him after the Thanksgiving game. Not after Nagy’s bosses left him to refute the report to the media himself. Santos’ field goal in the final seconds lifted the Bears to a 16-14 victory over the Lions that snapped a five-game losing streak and ended a nightmare of a week. Bears quarterback Andy Dalton, filling in for the injured Fields, completed 24 of 39 passes for 317 yards with a touchdown and an interception to lead the Bears to the victory. The winning drive included a nice play on third-and-5 in...
    10 thoughts after the Chicago Bears went on an 18-play drive that lasted the final 8 minutes, 30 seconds of Thursday’s game at Ford Field to set up Cairo Santos’ walk-off 28-yard field goal to defeat the Detroit Lions 16-14 and end a five-game losing streak. 1. Matt Nagy got a reprieve as the Bears encountered a team that consistently does more head-scratching and unpredictably dumb football stuff than they do. The Bears were able to take advantage — even if it required every second of all 60 minutes — and extend the misery of the Lions, who fell to 0-10-1 and have not won since a Dec. 6, 2020, trip to Soldier Field last season. The Lions are 0-14-1 since that afternoon, which was their first game after firing general manager Bob Quinn and coach Matt Patricia on Thanksgiving weekend. The Lions opted to reboot their franchise over the holiday a year ago, and while it looked earlier this week like there was a possibility the Bears would begin a similar process, now it appears that plan...
    Who knows what the Thanksgiving traditions are in Matt Nagy’s household? But it’s a good bet that once the Chicago Bears coach returned home from Detroit on Thursday evening, he found his way to the liquor supply and poured himself a drink. Extra stiff. What a freaking week, right? And the tumult may be just getting started. After the Bears suffered a brutal home loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday and then followed with three days of commotion centered around the coach’s job security and grip on the locker room, Bears players regrouped just enough Thursday to sneak past the miserable Lions 16-14 at Ford Field. The victory itself was far from impressive. Miles from it actually, merely earning the Bears an “At least you’re not the Lions” medallion. But at the very least, it ended the team’s 45-day stretch without a victory, snapped a five-game losing streak and allowed Nagy some much-needed relief as he headed into a long weekend. “This is about the team,” Nagy said during a 10-minute postgame news conference....
    Who knows what the Thanksgiving traditions in Matt Nagy’s household are? But it’s a good bet that once the Chicago Bears coach returned home from Detroit on Thursday evening, he found his way to the liquor supply and poured himself a drink. Extra stiff. What a freaking week, right? And the tumult may just be getting started. After the Bears suffered a brutal home loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday and then followed with three days of commotion centered around the coach’s job security and grip on the locker room, Bears players regrouped just enough Thursday to sneak past the miserable Lions 16-14 at Ford Field. Without question, the victory itself was far from impressive. Miles from it actually, merely earning the Bears an “At least you’re not the Lions” medallion. But at the very least, it ended the team’s 45-day stretch without a victory, snapped a five-game losing streak and allowed Nagy some much-needed relief as he headed into a long weekend. “This is about the team,” Nagy said during a 10-minute postgame news conference. “Those guys are...
    Cole Kmet had to turn off his phone this week. Enough thoughts already were racing through the Chicago Bears tight end’s head as he tried to prepare for Thursday’s game against the Detroit Lions on a short week while also sifting through a blizzard of rumors about coach Matt Nagy’s job status. He didn’t need to add questions from his friends and family to the mix, as much as the Chicago-area native might understand the craving for info about a bizarre week in Lake Forest. “I’m not going to lie, it’s tough,” Kmet said of the Bears’ week. “You don’t know what’s true, what’s not. Then you see things that are true because you were there for them, and you wonder how those things get out. “So there’s a lot of confusion in that sense. But at the end of the day, you’ve got to just block it out and go play football.” Bears players focused well enough to eke out a 16-14 victory over the 0-10-1 Lions on Cairo Santos’ 28-yard field goal as...
    Justin Fields is the Chicago Bears franchise quarterback — or at least the hope is he will be once he is named the starter. We’re tracking the first-round pick’s performance in every game of his rookie season. Preseason game No. 1: Bears 20, Dolphins 13 The first big boost to Justin Fields mania didn’t arrive until the third quarter Saturday afternoon at Soldier Field. The Bears rookie quarterback evaded Dolphins linebacker Tyshun Render near the 15-yard line, sprinted to his left and then lowered his shoulder to plow into the end zone for an 8-yard touchdown run. Bears fans who likely had been taking deep, calming breaths and reminding themselves it was only the preseason opener for most of the first half let loose with excitement. Fields’ NFL preseason debut didn’t get off to a pretty start, but the first-round draft pick did enough by the time he left the game to keep the hype train rolling. In about two quarters of work, Fields completed 14 of 20 passes for 142 yards and a...
    Before the start of the Thanksgiving showdown between the Bears and Lions, Chicago tried pulling a fast one with the refs but they fooled no one.  Just when you think the Chicago Bears fanbase can’t feel any more embarrassed, the team goes ahead and does this. On Thursday, Chicago is in the Motor City taking on the Lions for a Thanksgiving showdown. During the coin toss, Detroit won things and chose to defer. Then, in truly stunning fashion, Chicago’s Christian Jones then tried to defer things once again. Excuse me? Yup, he can’t do that and this incident is now taking Twitter by storm. Lions win the toss and defer. Bears then also try to defer and are told they cannot, so theyll take the ball. Good start. — Chris Burke (@ChrisBurkeNFL) November 25, 2021 The Bears not knowing how the coin toss works is truly disturbing Is this a new low for the Bears? Probably. To make matters worse for them, Detroit opened the scoring on a Jared Goff touchdown pass. All week, rumors have swirled that head...
    The Chicago Bears will try to move past a strange couple of days and focus on topping the Detroit Lions on Thursday at Ford Field. After the Bears’ fifth straight loss Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens, their short week to get ready for the Lions was disrupted by a report that the Bears planned to fire coach Matt Nagy after the Thanksgiving game. Bears Chairman George McCaskey told players and coaches that report was not true, according to the Athletic, but it still put a wrinkle in the team’s preparations. Now the Bears will try to put that distraction out of their minds as they get ready to start quarterback Andy Dalton for the first time since Sept. 19. Dalton will start in place of Justin Fields, who is recovering from a ribs injury he suffered during the game against the Ravens. Meanwhile, the 0-9-1 Lions will try for their first win of the season behind quarterback Jared Goff, who recovered from an oblique injury and is expected to start, according to NFL Network. Injury report ...
    Michigan State is giving Mel Tucker a 10-year, $95 million contract, making an aggressive move to keep a football coach who potentially could have left for LSU or the NFL. “I am honored to be a part of the Spartan process today and for years to come,” Tucker wrote Wednesday in a post on Twitter. The 12th-ranked Spartans (9-2, 6-2 Big Ten) close the regular season against Penn State (7-4, 4-4) on Saturday at home. The contract establishes Tucker as one of the riches coaches in college football. Only Alabama’s Nick Saban, one of his mentors, who makes $9.75 million per year, is paid more on an annual basis, according to the USA Today coaches salaries database. Tucker’s 10-year deal puts him in select company with two coaches with the same term: Clemson’s Dabo Swinney and Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher. Swinney’s contract is worth $92 million and Fisher’s will pay him more than $9 million per year starting in 2022. Tucker’s deal that expires Jan. 15, 2032, will have a $5.9 million base salary, $3.2 million in supplemental compensation for...
    If Matt Nagy was not convincing when he spoke about his future with media Tuesday afternoon, he was less convincing with Chicago Bears players later in the day after the team wrapped up its second walk-through at the Walter Payton Center in Lake Forest. The embattled coach said a Patch.com report that the Bears have told him he will be fired after Thursday’s game against the Detroit Lions “is not accurate,” but according to multiple sources, he offered little to make players believe he will be around much longer, leaving at least some players dismayed at the organization’s lack of direction. That was before Nagy canceled all meetings scheduled for the rest of Tuesday afternoon and evening, the sources said, a highly unusual move that prompted one source to wonder if Nagy is resigned to his fate. The Bears did not make Chairman George McCaskey, President Ted Phillips or general manager Ryan Pace available to discuss Nagy’s situation, and the first employee to field questions about the bizarre situation was special teams coordinator Chris Tabor in his...
    DETROIT (AP) — Misery has company in the Motor City. The winless Detroit Lions (0-9-1) will kick off the NFL’s schedule of games on Thanksgiving as usual and their guests have plenty of problems of their own for a change. The Chicago Bears (3-7) have lost five straight and they might also lose their coach this week. Less than 48 hours before kickoff at Ford Field, embattled Matt Nagy was peppered with questions at a news conference about a report that he has been told he will no longer coach the Bears after the game on Thursday. The Patch.com story about the firing was written by Pulitzer Prize winner Mark Konkol, a former news reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, and it did not indicate a source. Nagy said the report is not accurate. “I understand how the media world goes, I get it,” he said. “But at the same point in time, if I get to a point where it distracts me from being the best leader I can be to this team, I’m not going to let that happen”...
    For a short week, the lead-up to the Chicago Bears’ game against the Detroit Lions on Thursday has had a whole lot of drama. An injury to rookie quarterback Justin Fields and the return of veteran Andy Dalton as the starter. A report that coach Matt Nagy had been told he will be fired after the Thanksgiving game and Nagy’s subsequent denial. And — oh, yeah — the Bears trying to move past a five-game losing streak after giving up game-winning drives in the last minute of the last two games. Now the Bears face the Lions, whose own ongoing drama is that they haven’t won a game since Dec. 6, 2020. The opponent? The Bears. As Thursday’s kickoff approaches, here’s our snapshot look at the game. Chicago Bears (3-7) at Detroit Lions (0-9-1) Kickoff: 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Ford Field in Detroit. TV and radio: FOX-32, WBBM-AM 780, WCFS-FM 105.9, WRTO-AM 1200 (Spanish). The line: Bears by 3. Over/under: 41½. Sign up now to get Brad Biggs’ 10 thoughts first 1. Man in the spotlight...
    Tashaun Gipson’s first four NFL seasons came with the Cleveland Browns, who at the time had the distinction as the most wayward and dysfunctional organization in the league. From 2012-15, Gipson experienced 19 wins and 45 losses, played for three head coaches and endured a shift in owners when Jimmy Haslam bought the Browns from Randy Lerner in the middle of the 2012 season. That franchise seemed to live inside a pocket of turbulence. Drama and tension were constant. Instability felt inevitable. Failure became the expectation. “Those were bad locker rooms I was a part of,” Gipson said Tuesday afternoon. “It was more of the norm to have internal (issues) where guys were just all over the place with emotions.” Now a starting safety for the Chicago Bears, Gipson realizes his early NFL existence kept taking him to the same place: last place. Every season in Cleveland, in fact. In 2014, Gipson lived through the bizarre soap opera in which rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel went missing from the team on the final weekend of the...
    According to popular lore, when the American humorist Mark Twain was asked about rumors that he was gravely ill, he replied, “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” The quote itself is somewhat exaggerated, but the gist remains the same. Matt Nagy didn’t go quite that far Tuesday afternoon, but he did use the word “inaccurate” to describe a report that the Chicago Bears have informed him they will fire him after Thursday’s game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. The fact the Bears let the Patch.com report by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mark Konkol sit out in the open all morning meant no one felt compelled to rally to Nagy’s defense, whether the report is true or they don’t want to get into the business of commenting on every report that comes along. It was a weird day at Halas Hall, but that’s the way it goes sometimes when a team is mired in a five-game losing streak that includes blown leads in the final minute of the last two games. Special teams coordinator...
    Andy Dalton is back under center for the Chicago Bears. According to Field Yates, the Bears have pulled the trigger on starting Dalton against the Lions on Thanksgiving Day. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) Bears QB Andy Dalton will officially start on Thanksgiving against the Lions. — Field Yates (@FieldYates) November 23, 2021 Justin Fields is out with a ribs injury, which resulted in Andy Dalton replacing him this past Sunday during a loss to the Ravens. Sources: #Bears QB Andy Dalton is expected to start on Thursday, with Justin Fields dealing with a rib injury. He spent the day undergoing further testing, and the turnaround is too quick. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 23, 2021 This Bears/Lions game might be one of the most painful NFL games in the history of the league. Andy Dalton is starting for the Bears and there’s a very real chance Tim Boyle starts again for the Lions. What did football fans do to deserve a Thanksgiving featuring Andy Dalton and Tim Boyle? Why are we...
    The Chicago Bears are in damage control, still reeling amid a five-game losing streak and facing a demanding turnaround for Thursday’s game at Ford Field against the Detroit Lions. On Tuesday morning, a Patch.com report from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mark Konkol asserted that Matt Nagy had already been informed of his imminent firing, positioned to coach his final game with the team on Thanksgiving before a change is made. The team has yet to address the report. But with the Bears in preparation mode at Halas Hall, players and coaches are speaking to reporters. Here is what we know so far. 10:57 a.m.: Chris Tabor addresses media members Special teams coordinator Chris Tabor was the first to meet with reporters Tuesday morning and did not know about the report of Nagy’s potential exit. “Reports are just reports to me,” Tabor said. “I have a job to do. So I’m going to stick to that job. That’s not coachspeak. And I’m not trying to get fired up about the question. But we’re going to do our job.”...
    Playing on Thanksgiving is nothing new for the Chicago Bears, who have done it 36 times — tied for the third most in the NFL. Known as the Decatur and then Chicago Staleys for its first two Thanksgiving games, the team competed on the November holiday annually for 19 consecutive years from 1920-38. The venue that has hosted the Bears most on Thanksgiving — 11 times — is Wrigley Field. As the Bears travel to Michigan for its 19th Thanksgiving Day game against the Detroit Lions, here’s a look back at the team’s record on the holiday from the past century. Memorable Thanksgiving game moments for the Bears Nov. 26, 1925: The Bears and Chicago Cardinals play to a scoreless tie at Wrigley Field before 36,000 people — then the largest crowd in professional football history. It’s also the first professional football game for Red Grange, whose signing from the University of Illinois days earlier is credited with helping legitimize the NFL. The teams face each other on Thanksgiving in 1926 — with the game resulting...
    By the time Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy and his players spoke to the media Monday at Halas Hall, they had only about 72 hours to prepare for Thursday’s game against the Detroit Lions. The quick turnaround demanded they move on quickly from Sunday’s brutal 16-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Here are three things we heard from Nagy and players as they regrouped. 1. As Justin Fields deals with injured ribs, the turnaround is reportedly too quick for him to start against the Lions. Nagy didn’t provide an update on the injured ribs Fields suffered in the third quarter Sunday, though multiple reports — including an Instagram video of Fields — said initial tests showed his ribs are bruised but not broken. Fields also reportedly had his spleen checked out, but Nagy said the injury is only to Fields’ ribs. NFL Network reported Monday night that after a day of tests on Fields’ injury, the Bears determined they will start Andy Dalton instead of Fields on Thursday. Nagy said the Bears were evaluating Fields’...
    By the time Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy and his players spoke to the media Monday at Halas Hall, they had only about 72 hours to prepare for Thursday’s game against the Detroit Lions. The quick turnaround demanded they move on quickly from Sunday’s brutal 16-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Here are three things we heard from Nagy and players as they regrouped. 1. The Bears are evaluating Justin Fields’ pain and movement as they decide whether he can play Thursday. Nagy didn’t provide an update on the injured ribs Fields suffered in the third quarter Sunday, though multiple reports — including an Instagram video of Fields — said initial tests showed his ribs are bruised but not broken. Nagy said Fields needs to undergo more tests. Fields also reportedly had his spleen checked out, but Nagy said the injury is only to Fields’ ribs. As they consider which quarterback will start in Detroit, Nagy said the Bears will have to evaluate Fields’ pain level and weigh that against the desire to further Fields’ growth...
    Lamar Jackson versus Justin Fields turned into Tyler Huntley versus Andy Dalton on Sunday at Soldier Field. The marquee matchup between Jackson, the former league MVP for the Baltimore Ravens, and Fields, the Chicago Bears rookie quarterback, never materialized because Jackson sat out with an illness. By midway through the third quarter, Fields was also out after injuring his ribs on a 6-yard carry. That made for a significantly different game, and Huntley did enough to pull out the 16-13 Ravens victory. He led a 72-yard touchdown drive in the final two minutes, and Ravens running back Devonta Freeman scored on a 3-yard run for the victory. The Bears lost their fifth straight game and for the fourth time coming out of a bye week in four seasons under coach Matt Nagy. Huntley had passes of 21 and 30 yards on the drive, and Bears cornerback Kindle Vildor committed a 21-yard pass interference penalty. Ravens kicker Justin Tucker made field goals from 35, 27 and 46 yards. The latter, which came after the Ravens blocked...
    There was nothing pretty about it, but the Ravens crafted another paean to resilience as backup quarterback Tyler Huntley rallied them to a 16-13 win in Chicago. Here are five things we learned Sunday: Tyler Huntley moved past a shaky start to show why his teammates have such deep faith in him. The moment we learned Lamar Jackson was too sick to play, any chance for an elegant display of offensive football evaporated. The Ravens, also playing without No. 1 wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, were going to have to out-ugly an opponent that specializes in the unsightly. Was Jackson’s backup, Tyler “Snoop” Huntley, the man to navigate this garbage heap? Ravens coaches did their best to ease the burden on Huntley’s shoulders with a conservative game plan. They asked him to throw just once, for 7 yards, on a go-ahead drive midway through the fourth quarter, hoping that a Justin Tucker strike from 46 yards would be enough. But after Andy Dalton (him again?) answered with an improbable touchdown bomb on fourth down, Huntley had...
    For those Chicago Bears fans hanging on through this 3-7 season because they at least can watch rookie quarterback Justin Fields’ growth, Sunday’s 16-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens was like taking a helmet to the gut. Fields missed most of the second half at Soldier Field after suffering injured ribs, and his status is in question for Thursday’s game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Bears coach Matt Nagy was typically evasive with his answers about Fields’ injury after the game. He said he didn’t know if Fields’ ribs are broken, whether the injury happened on one play or was a result of several hits or if there is a chance Fields could recover in time for the Thanksgiving game. “We’ve just got to see where Justin is at,” Nagy said. “When you’re talking about ribs, you’ve got to find out how much it affects him. We as a staff have to talk through all that.” Fields’ friend Simeon Kelley posted an Instagram video of Fields lying down after the game and said...
    10 thoughts after the Chicago Bears found a new way to give another game away in the final minute — this time to a former undrafted quarterback making his first NFL start. Tyler Huntley was able to leave Soldier Field as the hero after the Baltimore Ravens claimed a 16-13 victory Sunday afternoon. 1. Flash back to the middle of October 2019: The Bears were in a rut and had just lost at home to the New Orleans Saints. The final score was 36-25, but the game wasn’t nearly that close as the offense scored two touchdowns in garbage time to turn a rout-in-the-making into an 11-point loss. Mitch Trubisky was forced to attempt 54 passes that afternoon, and when all was said and done, Matt Nagy was forced to answer for why the team handed the ball off only five times and the offense had a total of seven rushing attempts when adding in quarterback runs. The seven attempts set a franchise record for fewest carries in a game. I reference this head-scratcher because this was...
    Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy. (Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports) The NFL hot seat got turned up for several head coaches after Week 11 results had decision-making put under a microscope. As the NFL playoff picture starts to take shape, you can bet NFL head coaches are starting to really feel the pressure. Winning matters more than ever, so losing is as costly can be. Which NFL coaches need to look over their shoulder after Week 11? Hot seats are getting hotter this week.3 coaches on the NFL hot seat after Week 11Matt NagyA good rule of thumb for evaluating a head coach is to give them three years to make the team theirs. By Year 4, you should know what you have, or don’t have. Matt Nagy is in Year 4 with the Bears and it’s undoubtedly clear what he is with the Bears. It’s not good. Chicago has now lost five games in a row. To be fair, it hasn’t been an easy stretch going against the Packers, Buccaneers, 49ers, Steelers and Ravens in that span. Still,...
    CHICAGO (WJZ) — The Baltimore Ravens win an out-of-conference matchup with the Chicago Bears 16-13 with backup quarterback Tyler Huntley at the helm. Huntley led the Ravens on a game-winning drive capped off with a short touchdown run by Devonta Freeman. Lamar Jackson was an early scratch after battling an illness all week. Chicago quarterback Justin Fields also had to leave the game early in the second half with an injury. The Ravens look to keep the momentum going as they face the Browns in an AFC showdown next Sunday night.
    The longer Matt Nagy remains the Chicago Bears head coach, the longer they will be a dead franchise. Even if the Chicago Bears have hope at quarterback for once in Justin Fields, they need to fire head coach Matt Nagy yesterday to give the former Ohio State standout any semblance of hope for having success. Though the Baltimore Ravens are a better team than them, John Harbaugh did not have Lamar Jackson available. Tyler Huntley got the start at quarterback for the visiting team. Even if Fields got hurt and Andy Dalton had to come in to replace him, the Bears cannot let this type of coaching nonsense continue. They need a new general manager too, as this team is a complete tire fire. For a fanbase that finally had hope after drafting Fields, they are losing it exponentially with every passing day that Nagy is still allowed to be employed by the McCaskeys. Chicago falls to 3-7 on the year after losing to the Ravens, 16-13.Matt Nagy should not be coaching the Chicago Bears anymore whatsoeverIf Nagy does not get...
    Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields will try to build on his season-best performance — and the Baltimore Ravens will be without their starting quarterback Sunday at Soldier Field. Stay here for more Week 11 updates. Lamar Jackson update Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson will not play in Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears. NFL Network reported Sunday morning that Jackson still was feeling ill after missing practices during the week with a non-COVID-19 illness. Jackson arrived at Soldier Field with the team, and the Ravens reportedly were trying to hydrate him so he could try to play. But the Ravens ultimately determined he was not feeling well enough to play. If Jackson is out, the Ravens will turn to Tyler Huntley, who signed with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent out of Utah in 2020. Huntley has played in four games over two seasons, complete 8 of 16 passes for 54 yards and rushing for 33 yards on 13 carries. He has played in two games this season. Huntley played in college with...