Nick Foles was “in a lot of pain” after being carted off late in the Chicago Bears’ 19-13 loss to the Minnesota Vikings but head coach Matt Nagy is unsure yet about the extent of the damage.
It was a tough night for Foles, who had a season-low 106 yards and was sacked twice, while there were 11 hits in total on the quarterback.
The Bears still had a chance of victory going into the final minute but Foles landed hard on his right hip after being hit by defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo and was taken away following medical treatment.
Providing an update on Foles, Nagy said: “When I got out there right away, I wasn’t sure what it was.
“I didn’t know if it was like his ribs or shoulder or what. And then, when I saw, the amount of pain that he was in on the ground. You know, I hope he’s okay, but he was in a lot of pain and he’s a tough dude.
“When you see that, you’re down there with him, you feel for him just because you don’t know how good or bad it is. So, that part’s hard.”
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Foles completed 15 of 26 passes, threw for no touchdowns and was intercepted once as the Bears offence struggled again.
The Bears have some respite in the form of a bye week but Nagy said his starting QB is disappointed at potentially being unable to help the team out of its malaise.
“I know he’s upset,” Nagy said of Foles. “It’s been frustrating, it’s been hard and that’s the part that’s difficult through all of this because no one wants it more than him to be out there to fight with his team-mates.
“So, we’ll keep an eye on that. This bye is coming at a good time for us. We’re a little bit beat up right now, so we need to be able to get some guys back and get healthy.”
The inexperienced Tyler Bray came on as back-up to Foles. His first pass earned a gain of 18 yards but a spike and three incompletions followed as the Bears fell short.
Bray entered the fray in part because Mitchell Trubisky remains out with a shoulder issue sustained in Week 8 and Nagy is unsure if the former first-round pick will return next time out.
“I don’t know yet about Mitch. I think there’s a possibility, but I don’t know that for sure,” he said.
“I think it’s going to be day-by-day. I don’t know if he knows that. So, we’ll just keep an eye on that. Obviously with Nick’s status, we’ll have to see where that’s at as we go.”
Vikings QB Kirk Cousins had double cause for celebration after winning for the first time in Monday Night Football in his 10th career start in such games.
In total, Cousins completed 25 of 36 passes for 292 yards, threw for two touchdowns and was intercepted once.
“It’s great to get a win,” Cousins said.
“We’ll try to keep building on it now, and it’ll be so important to keep stringing these together if we can. That’s really what the rest of the season will be all about.”