Chicago Bears coach Matt Eberflus met with reporters Monday at Halas Hall to review Sunday’s 30-13 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.
Here are three things Eberflus said about key injuries.
1. Tyson Bagent will play against the New Orleans Saints for the third consecutive season.
Eberflus said quarterback Justin Fields will miss a third straight game on Sunday as he continues his recovery from a dislocated right thumb. Eberflus classified Fields as week-to-week due to the injury he suffered on Oct. 15 against the Minnesota Vikings.
Eberflus said Fields is “improving” but wouldn’t say whether he has tried throwing as he works to regain his grip strength.
“I won’t go into details, but he’s making progress,” Eberflus said. “We like where he is right now.”
Fields traveled with the Bears to SoFi Stadium and was on the sideline at the Chargers game.
Undrafted rookie Tyson Bagent completed 25 of 37 passes for 232 yards with no touchdown passes, two interceptions and a passer rating of 62 in place of Fields. He led two touchdown drives, including one he capped with a 1-yard run, but the Bears fell behind early and were unable to catch up due to a variety of errors.
Bagent’s next test Sunday in New Orleans may not be any easier. The Saints rank fifth in the NFL with 296.4 yards allowed per game, fifth with an interception rate of 3.3% and ninth with 19.3 points allowed per game.
2. Safety Jaquan Brisker is suffering from a concussion after feeling unwell last week.
Brisker was listed for a concussion after the Las Vegas Raiders game on Oct. 22, but Eberflus said he was cleared by the team and an independent neurologist.
Brisker then reported feeling sick and having a fever on Tuesday, Eberflus said. He missed all practice before the Chargers game and the Bears ruled him out Saturday. When he reported Sunday that he was still feeling unwell, the Bears re-evaluated him for a concussion on Monday.
Eberflus said Brisker is back in concussion protocol.
Brisker missed two games last year due to a concussion in late November and early December and was open this summer about how much he struggled to get back to his old, energetic self after the injury.
“We’ve been working with Jaquan the whole time, talking to him and making sure he’s on the right track,” Eberflus said. “The most important thing is the safety and health of our players.”
The Bears played Sunday without Brisker and fellow safety Eddie Jackson, who was active but did not play as he recovered from a foot injury.
3. The Bears need to “really evaluate” Tremaine Edmunds’ knee in the next few days.
Edmunds left the Chargers’ game early in the third quarter after being examined for his right knee. He walked slowly from the field to the medical tent, but soon began running to the sidelines to try it out. He returned to the game, but then left the game again.
Edmunds said after the game that the injury was painful and initially scared him.
“It definitely could be worse than what it is now,” he said. “I’ll know (Monday) what it looks like inside. I’m definitely blessed to be able to run now.”
Along with Edmunds, the Bears will monitor the status of left tackle Braxton Jones this week. Jones, recovering from a neck injury, is in his 21-day training window to return from injured reserve.