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Bears quarterback Justin Fields to practice Wednesday

Veteran Andy Dalton will get snaps with the starters Wednesday, Bears coach Matt Nagy said, but Fields will be the starter whenever he’s healthy.

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Bears quarterback Justin Fields takes a snap against the Cardinals.
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Bears quarterback Justin Fields will practice Wednesday, coach Matt Nagy said.

And while he will be the Bears’ starter whenever he’s deemed healthy, that moment hasn’t happened yet: veteran Andy Dalton will get the snaps with the starters during Wednesday’s practice, Bears coach Matt Nagy said.

“He’s done a great job of staying mentally focused — even last week, for him on the sideline to kind of get a feel and see from that perspective some things, I think was good for him,” Nagy said. “We’ll see how it goes this week and keep an eye on everything. I like where he’s at.”

Fields suffered cracked ribs in the third quarter against the Ravens, was removed from the game and did not return. With only four days between the Ravens game and the Thanksgiving contest against the Ravens, the Bears decided to start Andy Dalton.

Nagy wouldn’t say whether Fields would be a full participant or limited Wednesday. He said Fields “has done a great job staying mentally focused” in the last 10 days.

The Cardinals’ own quarterback, Kyler Murray, was in attendance during Wednesday’s practice. He hasn’t played since spraining his ankle Oct. 28 against the Packers. Backup quarterback Colt McCoy has been starting in his place.