The Chicago Bears’ top two draft picks are dealing with injuries. One is much more serious than the other.
Coach Matt Nagy said Wednesday that first-round quarterback Justin Fields would be “pulled back” in practice today as he deals with a groin issue. Nagy noted that the team would be “extremely conservative” with Fields, but the plan is to get him ready for Saturday’s preseason game versus the Buffalo Bills.
“He was a little sore, and Justin is the last one that’s gonna tell you that’s an excuse,” Nagy said. “He’s not going to use that excuse. He was pissed off with some of the throws and just the way in general yesterday we were all a little bit, I didn’t think offensively we had a very good day. We were able to watch the film last night, go through it and correct it and see why and stuff. For us, we’ve got to be smart. We want to be smart, and it doesn’t make sense right now to push the limits with him and take a chance of making it more sore.”
Nagy didn’t sound too concerned about Fields’ groin issue, particularly given the plan is for the rookie to play Saturday. If team doctors were worried it’d be a lingering issue, there is no way the Bears would put him on the field for a preseason game.
On the flip side, second-round offensive tackle Teven Jenkins will undergo back surgery, Nagy announced.
“The goal is to get him back this season,” Nagy said.
Jenkins hadn’t participated in any training camp practice while dealing with the injury.