The Chiago Bears announced on Thursday that rookie QB Justin Fields has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, and will likely miss Week 18’s game against division rival Minnesota Vikings. It was not immediately clear whether Fields was placed on the COVID list due to a positive test or as a close contact.

The news comes after head coach Matt Nagy had previously announced that Fields would participate in practice this week and start against Minnesota on Sunday. Fields had missed the previous two games due to an ankle injury, but was declared ready to return to the field. Fields began the season as the backup to Andy Dalton, but eventually took over the starting role. In 12 games (10 starts), Fields completed 159 of 270 passes (58.9 percent) for 1,870 yards (6.9 per attempt), seven touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. He added 420 yards and two more scores on his 72 rush attempts.

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