Is Justin Fields’ 2022 Chicago Bears Season Over?

In the final drive of the game against the Falcons, Justin Fields took a bunt trying to get out of bounds and landed hard on his left shoulder. Not only did the play cost the Chicago Bears a time out in order to keep him in the game, it may have cost them that quarterback. Justin Fields clearly runs the football more than many quarterbacks in the league. However, he doesn’t see the same kind of protection from the league. And the madness that it was even worse for him.

It was determined that Justin Fields dislocated his shoulder in front of the Falcons. An injury that is not only painful but not one that you can recover from in a week. In his press conference yesterday, Matt Eberflos announced Fields Daily. I think it’s safe to assume he didn’t want the New York Jets to know for sure that Fields wasn’t playing. Eberflus seems like this coach’s style with how he handles injuries.

Justin Fields could be done for the Chicago Bears in 2022

Later, Eberflus was pushed by reporters on the matter, with one successful reporter even talking about the fact that he was led to believe that this type of injury would end the season with or without surgery. Eberfels did not budge and said they were still working with the medical staff and hoped to get a clearer picture after Wednesday. If I were the Jets, I’d brace for Trevor Siemian.

The biggest question comes from after this week. Will the fields be held for this year or just for a few games? The team still has a bye week left, and perhaps if they rest him until then, his shoulder will be good enough to return to action. If not, would you put him on injured reserve and go through the year knowing Siemian would have a decent shot at the top pick in the 2023 NFL Draft?

There are other questions, too. Does closing the fields for this year impede its growth and development? He’s been starting on his own over the past few weeks and you have to wonder if he’s going to have a slow start in 2023 if he doesn’t finish the year. Personally, I think it would be fine if they decided to sit with him. In the long run, it’s also the best move because it allows his body to recover properly.

A quick Google search shows that the fields need to be in a sling for a few days and it can take anywhere from 12 to 16 weeks to fully heal without surgery. He should be able to return to normal activities within two weeks but should avoid exercise with shoulder motions for six weeks to three months. Now, sports medicine has progressed, and I’m sure his recovery time won’t take long. Plus he wouldn’t have to use his left shoulder as much.

We’ve seen men use seat belts before. Just look at Mitch Trubisky. His injury only sidelined him for a few weeks in 2019. If I had to guess, they took Fields off injured reserve just to play a “week-to-week game” to get the “competitive edge,” Matt Eberflus seems to think there is. At 3-8 and with no playoff hopes, what’s the point? Justin Fields is the closest thing to a franchise quarterback that the Chicago Bears have seen in today’s era. It makes no sense for him to miss another opportunity in 2022.

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