Chicago Bears rookie quarterback Justin Fields makes his first NFL start today against the Browns in Cleveland.
Follow along for all the Week 3 updates from FirstEnergy Stadium.
2nd quarter: Khalil Mack goes to the locker room
Bears outside linebacker Khalil Mack left the game with an undisclosed injury in the second quarter.
Mack spent several minutes in the medical tent before walking to the locker room.
Earlier in the game, he had helped the Bears come up with a big stop when the Browns went for it on fourth-and-1 from the Bears 20-yard line. Mack sacked quarterback Baker Mayfield for a loss of 11 yards, the second Bears sack of the first quarter.
1st quarter: Cairo Santos connects
Chicago Bears kicker Cairo Santos made a 47-yard field goal with 8:40 to play in the first quarter to give the Bears a 3-0 lead against the Browns. It was the 30th-straight made field goal in the regular season for the kicker.
Bears quarterback Justin Fields started his first drive as starter in good field position after the Bears stopped the Browns on fourth-and-5 on their first drive. Robert Quinn and Angelo Blackson sacked Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield for a loss of 9 yards to push the ball to the Bears’ 47.
David Montgomery opened the drive with a 16-yard run. But the Bears followed with a 1-yard Montgomery run and a 7-yard Fields scramble. Montgomery was then stopped for no gain on third-and-2, and the Bears sent out Santos.
Bears safety Tashaun Gipson will not play in Sunday’s game while recovering from a hamstring injury.
The Bears have two veteran backups in Deon Bush and DeAndre Houston-Carson who could fill in for Gipson, who has six tackles and a fumble recovery for the Bears in two games this season.
The Bears previously announced quarterback Andy Dalton and nose tackle Eddie Goldman would be out with knee injuries. Other Bears inactives are wide receiver Breshad Perriman, cornerback Artie Burns and tight end Jesper Horsted.
For the Browns, safety Richard LeCounte III, linebacker Sione Takitaki, defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo, guard Michael Dunn, offensive tackle Chris Hubbard and defensive tackle Tommy Togiai are inactive.
If Justin Fields was anxious as he prepared to make his first start Sunday against the Browns in Cleveland, Chicago Bears teammate David Montgomery didn’t notice during the week of practice.
“He comes in with the winning mentality,” Montgomery said. “You would think from a magnifying glass he’d have so much pressure on him just being in the position that he is. But he’s so calm and composed. He’s just taking every rep as a game rep, and it’s very cool to see.”
Fields’ opportunity to start in the Week 3 game comes ahead of schedule because of Andy Dalton’s left knee injury, which NFL Network reported is a bone bruise.
The first-round draft pick replaced Dalton and played the entire second half of the 20-17 victory against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2. He and the Bears (1-1) are hoping he can take a step forward after an entire week of preparation to be the starter.
Fields said his teammates kept him comfortable as he gets ready to make that leap.
“They have a lot of trust in me,” he said. “Them just having my back and having confidence in me that I’m going to go out there and execute, that has kept me comfortable and kept me poised and confident.”
The Browns (1-1) are coming off a 31-21 victory over the Houston Texans in Week 2. Quarterback Baker Mayfield hurt his non-throwing shoulder in that game but is good to go for Sunday. The Browns also should welcome back wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who has been out since October with a torn ACL.
Bears safety Tashaun Gipson is listed as doubtful after injuring his hamstring and missing practices Thursday and Friday.
Nose tackle Eddie Goldman is out as he continues his recovery from a knee injury. He was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday and didn’t practice Friday. The Bears announced Saturday that he didn’t make the trip to Cleveland.
Wide receiver Darnell Mooney (groin) was limited all week and is listed as questionable, as is outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu (hamstring). Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks returned to practice Friday after missing two days with an illness and also is questionable.
Others who practiced in full Friday but are listed as questionable are wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (ankle), safety Eddie Jackson (toe) and defensive lineman Bilal Nichols.
For the Browns, offensive lineman Chris Hubbard (triceps) and linebacker Sione Takitaki (hamstring) are out. Offensive linemen J.C. Tretter (knee) and Jedrick Wills (ankle) are questionable.