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Justin Fields will not start in Week 16 due to ankle injury, Nick Foles to get start

Bears QB misses Thursday practice with ankle injury for Week 16 game against Seattle.

Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) throws the ball during warmups before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field.  Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: Following the first Friday report, head coach Matt Nagy told the media that Nick Foles will start on Sunday and Justin Fields “may or may not” be the backup, per Brad Biggs.

Friday update: Justin Fields missed a second straight day of practice on Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Seahawks. Andy Dalton has been ruled out with left hand and groin issues, leaving Nick Foles as the next man up, per Brad Biggs.

Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields was downgraded from limited on Wednesday to out on Thursday with an ankle injury. Head coach Matt Nagy told reporters on Wednesday that Fields’ ankle injury was minor, but no practice today is a little worrisome. He could easily return on Friday and play as usual, but it is something worth monitoring.

Fields continues to make rookie mistakes, but also has improved throughout the season and has shown his playmaking ability more than once. If he can’t go this week against the Seahawks, we will see backup Andy Dalton at the helm. Dalton just returned from the COVID-19 list and was able to get a full practice in on Thursday.

Fantasy football implications

The Seattle defense can be beaten, but the Bears offense is extremely hit and miss, especially through the air. Fields will always have some fantasy upside, as his rushing ability is great for fantasy, but Dalton doesn’t move the needle much.