An MRI confirmed that Chicago Bears quarterback Andy Dalton suffered a bruise to his bones during the Week 2 win against the Cincinnati Bengals.
While Chicago Bears fans have been advocating for Justin Fields to replace Andy Dalton at quarterback, no one thought it would happen as early as Week 2, and as a result of a no-contact injury.
But once Dalton was out, Fields walked in and Bears fans rejoiced. His 6-of-13 passes for 60 yards and an interception were slim for a rookie start in the middle of the game, but his mobility and Allen Robinson’s lost connection motivated the fan base.
However, it looks like Fields’ future at Soldier Field may be on the sidelines once again for now. An MRI reveals that Andy Dalton’s mysterious injury at week 2 is a bone bruise on the knee.
MRI confirms that Andy Dalton suffers a bone bruise in a week 2 injury
The reason Dalton initially re-entered the game before re-aggravating the injury is because bone bruises are painful but undetectable without an MRI or X-ray. Specifically, a bone hematoma interrupts the internal blood supply of the bone. bone without enough force to fracture it: It is “an injury that almost breaks the bone but falls short,” according to Dr. Dev Mishra of Sideline Sports Doc.
Typically, as a result of a high-impact hit, Dalton could have been injured by landing hard on the sideline, resulting in the bridge.
The tricky aspect of a bone bruise is that the recovery time varies greatly, from a few weeks to a few months. Dalton will likely use a brace or crutches, which is a common practice with bruising the bones of the lower limbs.
The diagnosis confirms the absence of a fracture, but if Dalton heals along the usual recovery timeline, it will take at least a few weeks for the bruise to heal completely.
With an official statement from the Bears pending, Fields could lead the Chicago Bears in the next few games after all.