CHICAGO – The Chicago Bears will spend the week watching and waiting as quarterback Justin Fields hopes his left shoulder heals enough to start against the New York Jets on Sunday.
Fields said his injury is a shoulder separation with ligament damage within the AC joint, and added he would not have been able to play Wednesday if the game had taken place then.
“Today, probably not, but luckily we’re not playing today; we’ve been playing in that, four days,” Fields said. “So we’ll see how it feels in four days.”
The injury is to his non-throwing shoulder, but he feels some pain in that shoulder on his next pass when he is throwing.
“It’s just some movements I make with my arm, it hurts,” Fields said.
The Bears held only one detailed practice Wednesday, but Fields was given a limited-basis practice injury designation. Whether he can play on Sunday depends on how much he progresses over the next two days in training.
“I just feel like if I can play and I’m not increasing my risk of injury, you know, I can do what I have to do to protect myself, I think that’s going to be good enough for me to play,” Fields said.
Fields said he could take a painkiller shot if the shoulder can’t be damaged further. He may also need to wear a harness of some sort.
“I don’t know what hits I’m going to take on Sunday, but if my shoulder can (take) those hits and stuff,” he said, “I mean, you really can’t predict whether it’s going to get worse or not just based on what’s going to happen.”
Will test it in full on Friday.