Schefter says Dalton sustained the injury when his femur and tibia collided. The good news is that he did not suffer damage to any cartilage nor ligaments and does not need any surgery, but his return will ultimately be determined by how quickly the bone bruise heals.
With this in mind, Schefter says Dalton could miss an additional week or two depending on how quickly he recovers.
Chicago will start rookie QB Justin Fields against the Browns today and he will serve as their start for as long as Dalton is out of the lineup. It’s worth mentioning that the Bears did not place Dalton on injured reserve, which implies they do not expect him to miss three games, but it remains to be seen if that will be the case.
Last week, Bears HC Matt Nagy said that Dalton will remain the team’s starter once healthy.
Dalton, 33, is a former second-round pick of the Bengals back in 2011. He was entering the final year of his seven-year, $97.09 million contract, which included $17 million guaranteed when Cincinnati cut him loose.
Dalton stood to make a base salary of $17.5 million in 2020 when the Bengals opted to release him. He later signed a one-year deal with the Cowboys after the draft.
The Bears later signed Dalton to a contract this offseason.
In 2021, Dalton has appeared in two games for the Bears and completed 36-49 passes (73.5 percent) for 262 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He’s also rushed four times for 38 yards.
We will have more news on Dalton as it becomes available.