Bears Quarterback to Miss Week 12

The Chicago Bears will have a potential quarterback catastrophe when they face off against the New York Jets later today. Starting quarterback Justin Fields is officially inactive for the Week 12 matchup.

Fields had been limited in practice all week due to a shoulder injury suffered in the Bears' 27-24 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Top backup Trevor Siemian injured his oblique during warmups, so third-string quarterback Nathan Peterman is poised to start with no clear option to back him up.

Already at 3-8, the Bears are all but certain to see the dying embers of their postseason hopes fade away this afternoon against the 6-4 Jets. Peterman is 1-3 in his only career starts, and he sports a positively laughable 3/12 touchdown to interception ratio on his 135 passes. His 8.9% career interception rate is more than quadruple this year's league average rate of 2.2%.

On the brink of another lost season, Bears fans will have to comfort themselves with the development Fields has shown as a franchise quarterback. The second-year passer has emerged as a thrilling runner and passer out of the backfield, lifting the Bears to the league's top-ranked rushing attack in both total yards and yards per attempt.

UPDATE: Trevor Siemian was able to start for the Bears.

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