Coach Matt Eberflus announced Wednesday that quarterback Justin Fields is expected to return to the starting lineup Sunday when the Bears visit the Lions.
“Our plan is to start him on Sunday,” Eberflus said. “He’s progressing well.”
Fields has missed the last four games with a dislocated right thumb he sustained exactly a month ago on Oct. 15 in a loss to the Vikings at Soldier Field.
Fields started the first six games this season, completing 61.7 percent of his passes for 1,201 yards with 11 touchdowns, six interceptions and a 91.6 passer rating. He also rushed for 237 yards and one TD on 47 carries.
Before injuring his thumb versus Minnesota, Fields threw for four TDs in each of the previous two games, passing for 335 yards in a 31-28 loss to the Broncos and 282 yards in a 40-20 win over the Commanders.
While Fields has been sidelined, he has been replaced by Tyson Bagent. The undrafted rookie from Division II Shepherd University has completed 65.7 percent of his passes for 859 yards with three TDs, six interceptions and a 71.4 passer rating. He also has rushed for 109 yards and two TDs on 23 carries.
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