LAKE FOREST (Ill.) -- Justin Fields, the Bears' rookie quarterback, will play in Chicago's preseason match against the Buffalo Bills.
He'll be facing Mitchell Trubisky, a Bills backup.
Three days after Fields scored 175 all-purpose yards in his preseason debut against Miami Dolphins, Chicago’s first-round selection was diagnosed with groin pain.
Fields threw only a little on Wednesday and returned to practice on Thursday. Fields will be playing against the Bills on Thursday, according to Matt Nagy, who said that Fields would see some action against them. He plans to play Andy Dalton, a veteran, for at least a quarter of a minute before turning his attention to Fields.
Nagy stated, "I believe yesterday giving Justin the day off in order to help him was good and he feels good." "We are willing to give up that practice day to make sure he is ready for Saturday.
The Bills will adopt a different approach.
Sean McDermott, Buffalo's coach, told reporters that Josh Allen, the Pro Bowl quarterback, will not be playing at Soldier Field. Instead Trubisky (the second overall pick by Chicago in the 2017 NFL Draft) will take the starting spot.
McDermott stated that they just want to keep growing overall and Mitch is new to the system. He's off to an excellent start and, naturally, as an offense, we want him to continue to improve."
From 2017 to '20, Trubisky was Chicago’s most polarizing player. On Friday, Trubisky, who is 27 years old, led the Bears to the playoffs in 2018, before things got worse. To serve as Allen's backup, Trubisky signed a $2.5 million, one-year deal with Buffalo.
Nagy stated that Mitchell will be focused and doing his job on Saturday. "But, again, we know that there is the business side as well as the personal side. We have respect for him both as a person as well as as a player. I believe everyone here has the same respect for him and all his teammates as well as coaches. We wish him all the best.
"We're going all out to stop him when the game is going on. We'll, you know what, be friends and share good stories after the game is over. That's part of the NFL. But it is a relationship business. I believe it's important to everyone that we all understand that we care about him personally. We know he will compete hard to be a good quarterback.