If the NFL Network report that Justin Fields has a dislocated left shoulder is true, anything could happen regarding his next availability to play.
Dislocations can vary greatly depending on the extent of the damage to the shoulder itself.
In 2019, quarterback Mitchell Trubisky suffered a dislocated left shoulder while playing against the Minnesota Vikings and missed only one game. However, the Bears had a bye the following week, so he actually sat out two weeks before playing again.
Whether it’s sooner or later to play the Fields again, the Bears feel they’re ready to continue with Trevor Siemian at quarterback against the Sunday Jets if necessary.
“Obviously Trevor is a very smart individual,” Bears coach Matt Eberflus said. “Very good passer, he has a great understanding of attacking, he’s been here from day one.
“High functional intelligence. So we’re excited about this guy.”
The former Northwestern quarterback started four games for New Orleans last year and the Saints lost all four games. His start prior to those games was in 2019 for the team the Bears play on Sundays, the Jets.
Fields admitted it would take some tweaking in terms of offensive coaches and style. Simian is a sinusoid and not as mobile as Fields.
“Yeah, I don’t think that’s going to take much,” he said. “We were just leaning on one side of the offense instead of leaning on the side that we kind of expanded to. I think that would be a very easy transition.”
The Bears changed their behavior to play the New England game in Week 7 when they won 33-14. This meant more plays running up the middle, more wide runs and fewer passes out of the pocket. They won that game and lost every other game since the changeover.
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In 29 NFL games, Siemian has led his teams to a 13-16 record, including 8-6 in 2016 and 5-5 in 2017 with Denver during his sophomore and junior years in the league.
Siemian is 607 of 1,030 for 6,848 yards with 41 TDs and 27 interceptions. He has a lifetime passer rating of 81.2.
Siemian has run the ball 69 times, so he’s not completely flat. He has 203 yards and two TDs.
The only action Siemian has seen this year is a mopup at the end of the game with Dallas on Oct. 30. He completed the only pass he ever threw for 5 yards.
Siemian’s last intense action was in the 2021 regular season finale. The Saints brought Siemian in after an injury in the second quarter to Taysum Hill and he completed 9-of-15 for 71 yards with two touchdowns in the 30-20 win over Atlanta.
With Denver as a starter in 2016-17, his teams were 13-11 and he completed 495 of 835 for 5,686 yards, 30 TDs and 24 interceptions.
The Denver stand was also his first exposure to the wide area offense style the Bears now use.
Siemian went 20-of-36 for 191 yards (55.6%) with three TD passes and no interceptions in the preseason for a 98.3 passer rating.
“I like the scheme,” he said at the end of training camp. “I like the scheme. I think I can do my best in this scheme, but mainly I’ve improved as a player.”
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