Chicago Bears Quarterback Misses Practice

At 3-10, the Chicago Bears have been maybe the league's most entertaining awful team thanks to the thrilling play of quarterback Justin Fields. Unfortunately for Bears fans, this season's only silver lining missed practice Wednesday with an illness, jeopardizing his availability for Week 15's showdown with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Presently, the expectation is Fields will recover in time to play Sunday, but his illness could limit him for much of the week. He has missed one game this year because of a shoulder injury suffered in the Bears' Week 11 27-24 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

Fields has emerged as one of the league's most exciting young passers this year thanks to a rare ability to run the ball. He has rushed for an amazing 75.4 yards per game at a league-leading 7.1 yards per attempt. He also has a very realistic chance to become only the third quarterback in NFL history to rush for 1000 yards in a season, joining Lamar Jackson and Michael Vick.

Fields joined the Bears as their 11th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Despite his exceptional running, it remains to be seen if he'll be viable as the team's long-term answer at quarterback. The Bears ranked 27th in scoring last year and rank 19th this year, and Fields has still shown himself to be mistake-prone in the pocket: the Bears' 13.1% sack rate and 3.9% interception rate rank last in the league.

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