Nick Foles to start quarterback against Seattle


Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields walks alone on the sidelines in the closing moments of the team’s 17-9 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in an NFL football game on Monday, December 20, 2021 in Chicago. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)


The Chicago Bears start quarterback Nick Foles on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.

Starting quarterback Justin Fields injured his ankle on Monday night against Minnesota and missed practice Thursday and Friday. Chicago’s other quarterback Andy Dalton came out with a groin injury that occurred just before he was put on the reserve / COVID-19 list last week.

Foles started seven games last year for the Bears, but hasn’t played since Week 10 of last season when he injured his hip other than a cameo appearance last December during a victory over Jacksonville. Foles was also named Super Bowl LII MVP with Philadelphia.

Chicago coach Matt Nagy said on Friday that recently acquired Ryan Willis could be the quarterback replacement if Fields’ ankle hadn’t healed enough for him to play if Foles were injured.

“His injury has not worsened since the start of the week, it’s getting better,” Nagy said.

Dalton is not on the COVID-19 list, but Nagy said the groin injury “started to feel a little worse” after training this week.

Nagy said Foles looked sharp in practice on Friday.

“I just know from the practice where we’re coming from right now, he was really out there doing a lot of good things,” Nagy said. “You can see the moment. “


Defensive end Bilal Nichols has returned from the reserve / COVID-19 list. … Jason Peters (ankle), Xavier Crawford (concussion) and Jakeem Grant are also out for Sunday’s game. … Marquise Goodwin and Eddie Goldman are questionable, although both were able to complete full workouts in the past two days.


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