NFC Notes: Justin Fields, Bears, Lions, Packers

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The Bears have found a winning formula by relying on their QB Justin Fields‘ great athleticism and reducing the need to rely on their overall passing game, including Fields, defense and receivers. So far so good, but a Hall of Fame QB Kurt Warner questions about how consistent he is, which is even more important given Fields’ shoulder injury in Week 11.

“Amazing talent” Warner made the announcement via The Athletic’s Mike Jones. “He’s been making some great plays the last few weeks, but they’re coming with his feet, not his hands. I understand that him making these plays in the run game will help him in the passing game because it means the defense is more concerned with his run and it allows for some openings in the passing game. But the passing aspect of the game has a lot more to work on. I don’t know if you can live up to him making these special plays every week.”

  • Bears HC Matt Eberfluss Fields said “daily remains” but was allowed to practice on Wednesday. (Kevin Fishbein)
  • Fields explained that he was suffering from a shoulder with partially torn ligaments: “It’s a separated shoulder with a partially torn ligament, basically an AC joint.” (Fishbain)
  • Second round CB Kyler Gordonsecond round C Jaquan Brisker and L.B Sterling Weatherford all in the league’s concussion protocol. (Fishbain)
  • The Bears brought in DB Borders of Breon and R.B Clint Ratkovich for Tuesday’s practice. (Aaron Wilson)
  • Of the two, Chicago signed Borders to its practice squad.


Lions RB Jamaal Williams he’s not the fastest or most dynamic runner, even on his own team. But he is Detroit’s leading rusher, and he leads the entire NFL with 13 so far this season. He demands a return this offseason after his contract expires because he represents everything HC has to offer. Dan Campbell Trying to build in Detroit.

“His production speaks for itself and everything you see and know about him reflects who he is.” Campbell made the announcement via The Athletic’s Colton Pouncey. “He has heart. He’s emotional, he’s got heart and he’s just a consistent, productive, hard-working, hard-working, smart football player. … If you were to list your most consistent players, your most reliable, consistent players, he would definitely be at the top of that list.”

  • ESPN’s Dan Graziano writes Lions OC Ben Johnson is expected to generate interest in head coaching interviews in the upcoming coaching cycle.
  • Lions WR DJ Chark (ankle) is expected to see more playing time in Week 12’s Thanksgiving game after relieving in the first game back from injury. (Kyle Meinke)


  • Matt Schneidman of the Athletics is skeptical of the Packers QB Jordan Love Will start again for Green Bay, barring a serious injury Aaron Rodgers. Even though he’s out of the playoffs and Rodgers isn’t expected to retire this season, it’s doubtful the team will sit Love for Rodgers.
  • Schneidman also writes that the Packers are skeptical of DC Joe Barry season, but given how underperforming that side of the ball has been, all bets are off after Week 18.
  • Packers HC Matt LaFleur said Rodgers (thumb) practiced Wednesday, hoping last Thursday’s Week 11 layoff helped the healing process. (Rob Demosky)
  • LaFleur said on Thursday that resting Rodgers after learning he had broken his thumb was not a consideration: “He played much worse. He’s old-school tough.” (Ryan Wood)
  • LaFleur said he’s not optimistic about a fourth-round WR Romeo Dubs (ankle) reach: “I’m not ready for that yet.”
  • LaFleur said LB De’Vondre Campbell (knee) was unlikely to practice on Wednesday. (Tom Silverstein)
  • About the new Packers OLB Justin HollinsLaFleur noted that his acquaintance with Barry was a big selling point: “He’s a big guy who runs really well.” (Demosky)


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