LAKE FOREST (Ill.) -- Sunday's eagerly awaited quarterback matchup between Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers and Justin Fields of the Chicago Bears will continue as planned.
Fields announced Wednesday that he will face the Packers despite hyperextending the left knee in last week's 20-9 win over the Las Vegas Raiders.
Fields stated, "I'll have good health by Sunday."
Matt Nagy, Bears head coach, stated to reporters that Fields will be fully participating in practices leading up to the Green Bay game.
Nagy stated, "Justin is doing well."
Andy Dalton replaced Fields in the second quarter after Yannick Ngakoue, Raiders' defensive end, sacked Fields from behind. This caused Fields' left foot to bend awkwardly.
Fields stated that he knew he hyperextended his arm after the victory over the Raiders. "I was just trying out to see if it would get up. I was able to walk off of the field, then I felt my strength returning. So I was trying to gauge how stable it was and see if it could allow me to run on it."
Fields was quickly determined to be fit enough to return to the game by the Bears. Fields was a successful manager of the Chicago offense. Fields, the 11th overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft, completed 12 to 20 passes for 111 yards. To tight end Jesper Hornsted, he threw his first NFL regular season touchdown pass.
Sunday's game will be even more important as the Bears (3-2), host the Packers (4-1), in a fight for control of NFC North.
"I'm excited," Fields said. Fields said, "Of course Aaron Rodgers was a Hall of Fame quarterback. He is a great quarterback. He has been playing football since I can remember. It's going to be a great matchup between him, our defense. Our defense has been performing well. He'll be a great player.