Chicago Bears rookie QB Justin Fields set for first start; Andy Dalton not expected to play due to knee injury

Matt Nagy shared that Justin Fields, the Bears' rookie quarterback, will be starting for them while Andy Dalton is out. (0:47).
Justin Fields, the Chicago Bears' rookie quarterback, will make his debut as Andy Dalton's replacement. Coach Matt Nagy revealed Wednesday that Andy Dalton was expected to miss Sunday because of a left knee injury.

Nagy spoke highly of Fields' initial starting opportunity.

Nagy stated that Fields will be supported by Nick Foles against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

After landing awkwardly on the Chicago sideline after a scramble, Dalton sustained a knee injury against the Cincinnati Bengals. Dalton noticed his left knee was buckled and immediately pointed to Fields for help. He then went to the blue tent to have his injuries examined. Dalton appeared to be OK at first and returned to the game to play a series. He was then taken back to the locker room, where he was later ruled out.

Nagy stated Wednesday that Dalton will be the Bears' starting quarterback once he is able to play. Although the coach stated that Dalton is still in good health, the Bears do not believe Dalton will be put on injured reserve.

Nagy stated that Andy is still fighting through his injury. "Like I told you the other day we are glad it isn't his ACL. We don't expect him to practice today, or have him available this week. He'll be available week-to-week.

Fields was 6-for-13 for 60 yard with an interception, and he rushed 10 times for 31 yard against the Bengals. In Week 1, Fields threw two passes (both completions) against the Los Angeles Rams.

This report was based on information from ESPN's Jeff Dickerson, and The Associated Press.