The play of second-year quarterback Justin Fields has been one of the few bright spots for the Chicago Bears this season.
Fields, whom the Bears selected in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, has shown an ability to make big plays with his arm and his legs, accounting for nine passing touchdowns and six rushing scores across the past five games.
During the team's loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, he also showed some impressive toughness.
NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Fields suffered a dislocated left shoulder during the game. Fields finished the contest but was carted to the locker room afterward.
"Bears QB Justin Fields suffered a left shoulder dislocation, sources say, a painful injury he somehow played through on Sunday," Rapoport tweeted. "Coach Matt Eberflus described Fields as 'day-to-day.' His status for this Sunday is still to be determined."
Fields completed 14 of 21 passes for 153 yards, one touchdown and one interception while rushing for 85 yards and a score against the Falcons.
There seems to be some uncertainty as to how quickly Fields can return from the injury. Speaking to reporters Monday, Eberflus called Fields "day to day," but he also didn't rule out the possibility that Fields could be sidelined for the rest of the season.
While Fields has not been ruled out for the Bears' matchup against the New York Jets this week, it would not come as a surprise to see Fields sit out of that game as well as a Week 13 date with the Green Bay Packers heading into the team's Week 14 bye. That would allow the Bears to reassess his status after three weeks of rest.
The good news for Fields is that the injury is not to his throwing shoulder. However, having to absorb contact with a dislocated shoulder sounds excruciating, and running the ball is a big part of Fields' game. Plus, it would make sense for the 3-8 Bears not to rush their quarterback onto the field and risk further damage.
If Fields does miss game action, journeyman backup Trevor Siemian would start in his place.