Andy Dalton has a bone bruise on his left knee, according to a report by NFL's Adam Schefter, and injuries of this sort can come down to a player's pain tolerance.
Later on Monday or Tuesday Bears coach Matt Nagy will have more definitive word on whether Andy Dalton will start at QB Sunday at Cleveland or if Justin Fields must make his first start, but for now the Bears know it's not a season-ending ACL tear.
Bears safety Tashaun Gipson was flagged for taunting, as was Bengals defensive back Von Bell, and players are still wondering exactly what it is they can and can't do.
Considering how Justin Fields had to take over the Bears offense just before halftime after Andy Dalton's knee injury, an inconsistent attack was predictable.
Bears and Bengals scoring and big-play updates with in-game blogging from BearDigest.com publisher Gene Chamberlain at Soldier Field for Week 2 of the NFL season. Andy Dalton has been replaced due to injury by Justin Fields.
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A pair of newly acquired practice squad players have been moved up to the regular roster for Sunday's game with Cincinnati after backup tackle Larry Borom was placed on injured reserve following an ankle injury suffered last week.
Andy Dalton and the Bears offense face the Cincinnati Bengals and could face the wrath of the first Soldier Field home crowd since 2019 with a slow start, because preseason has already shown fans' impatience with Matt Nagy's Justin Fields plan.
Another bad performance, another bad loss Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals at home could mean Matt Nagy's team is looking at disaster coming out of the gates and losing the Soldier Field crowd advantage at least until Justin Fields starts at quarterback.
There has been plenty of criticism all week for the Bears secondary after allowing Matthew Stafford the best passer rating in the NFL for Week 1 and they're vowing to fix it so they can "shut people up."
Nose tackle Eddie Goldman tried to practice early in the week but hasn't been able to do it since and the Bears have ruled him doubtful for Sunday's game with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Veteran Bears playmakers Khalil Mack, Akiem Hicks and Allen Robinson hold distinct advantages in matchups this week and the Bears can go a long way toward bouncing back from a loss by exploiting them against Cincinnati Sunday at Soldier Field.
Missed assignments got blamed for what happened against the Bears defense in Week 1 as coordinator Sean Desai made his debut but at the root of these mistakes were problems the team might not be able to entirely solve this week against Cincinnati.