Bears QB Andy Dalton leaves win over Bengals with knee injury

An injury to Andy Dalton forced a quarterback change in Chicago.

The Bears' starting QB suffered a knee injury in the first half of Sunday's bout against his former Cincinnati Bengals squad and did not return as Chicago went on to win, 20-17.

Dalton tweaked his knee on a 14-yard scramble, walking gingerly on the sideline. The starter returned the next series, but limped to the locker room after a punt, giving way to rookie Justin Fields.

Bears head coach Matt Nagy said after the game that they will know more about Dalton's knee injury in the next 24 to 48 hours, but he does not believe that Dalton suffered a serious ACL injury. Nagy added that Dalton, who will undergo an MRI, would have been the backup quarterback in an emergency situation in the second half.

The former Bengals QB started hot on the first drive, converting two third downs and tossing a touchdown to Allen Robinson. Before heading to the locker room, Dalton completed 9 of 11 passes for 56 yards and a score. He also scrambled twice for 25 yards.

The Bears planned to sprinkle Fields into the game more in Week 2. However, Fields was thrust into action and finished 6 for 13 for 60 yards, no touchdowns and an interception. He added 10 carries for 31 yards on the ground and led two field goal drives.

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