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Justin Fields injury update: Bears QB battling ‘basically an AC joint injury,’ uncertain for Week 12 vs. Jets

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Over the past several weeks, arguably no NFL quarterback has had more on his shoulders than Justin Fields. Ironically, the Bears quarterback suffered a shoulder injury Sunday that has resulted in coach Matt Eberflus has labeling him as day-to-day Monday.

Hours later, NFL Media reported that Fields suffered a dislocated left shoulder against the Falcons. One medical source told CBS Sports it’d be a “shock” if the QB suited up for Sunday’s game against the Jets if that were true, though he officially remains day-to-day and was cleared to practice. On Wednesday, Fields described the separated shoulder as “basically an AC joint injury” with torn ligaments.

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The Bears had Fields running the ball double-digit times per game in four of their last five contests prior to Week 11, and he gained 555 yards and five touchdowns on his 62 carries during that time. Fields was busy on the ground again on Sunday against the Falcons, running 14 times in the first half alone. He didn’t run as much in the second half, though, as he was dealing with hamstring cramps.

Toward the end of the game, Fields took off on a designed run to the left side of the formation and was tackled and fell hard on his left shoulder. He remained in the game, but afterwards, the Bears had him carded to the locker room for further evaluation. Fields himself said his shoulder is in pain and that he’s unsure how it will affect him going forward.

Chicago travels to East Rutherford, New Jersey to take on the Jets next week, then comes back home to host the Green Bay Packers before their bye in Week 14. Fields has obviously been carrying a whole lot of responsibility for the offense, and he’s done quite well with it of late, even as Chicago has struggled to find wins. If he were to miss time, the Bears would have to turn to Trevor Siemian under center.

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