Bears Quarterback Unlikely to Practice Thursday

The Chicago Bears are flirting with disaster at the quarterback position for their Week 13 matchup against the Green Bay Packers. Offensive coordinator Luke Getsy revealed at his Thursday press conference that backup quarterback Trevor Siemian will miss practice for the second straight day, jeopardizing his availability for Sunday's AFC North showdown.

Siemian played in Week 12's 31-10 loss against the New York Jets despite suffering an oblique injury in warm-ups that briefly threatened his availability. He was playing in relief of second-year quarterback Justin Fields, who suffered a shoulder injury in a Week 11 27-24 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

At 3-9, the Bears playoffs hope are basically dead, but Siemian's availability will be crucial if the team wants any shot of taking their AFC North rival Packers down with them. Third-string quarterback Nathan Peterman has been abysmal in his four career starts, throwing an astonishing 12 interceptions on only 135 career pass attempts. That 8.9% interception rate is more than quadruple this year's overall average of 2.2%.

Even Siemian's availability wouldn't be likely to rescue the Bears from a typical Packers beatdown. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is 23-5 against the Bears with a career passer rating of 109.9. The Bears are winless in their last seven matchups against the future Hall of Famer.

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