Justin Fields started the second half, but Andy Dalton is reportedly telling everyone he’s fine.
Solid sideline report from Laura Okmin who says Andy Dalton is telling everyone who asks that he’s fine.— Kevin Kaduk (@KevinKaduk) September 19, 2021
The former Bengals QB has been red-hot (pun intended) to start this one, as he completed seven of his first eight passes for 41 yards with a touchdown, helping Chicago build an early 7-0 lead.
It looked like Dalton was about to lead the Bears to another score, but after a scramble to the sideline, he came up gimpy and appeared to injure his ankle. He limped to the blue medical tent for further testing while backup Justin Fields played the rest of the drive, which ended with a field 4th-and-1 QB sneak deep in Bengals territory.
Dalton would actually return to the field on the following drive, but he managed to get injured again, this time on a sack by D.J. Reader. After that drive ended, Dalton walked back to the locker room to be examined by trainers. The team has since announced he’s questionable to return with a knee injury, so it’s a separate issue from the ankle he hurt earlier in the game.
On the ensuing Bears possession, Fields took the field to finish off the first half of play.