Chicago Bears rookie quarterback Justin Fields went down early in the third quarter of what became Sunday's 16-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens with a rib injury.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport (Kevin Patra) reported X-rays on Fields' ribs were negative, and Chicago head coach Matt Nagy told reporters Monday the team is "still gathering the facts" regarding the first-year pro's status for the Thanksgiving afternoon game at the winless Detroit Lions.
Dalton completed 11-of-23 passes for 201 yards and a pair of touchdown throws against Baltimore, including a score late in the contest that put the Bears up before they surrendered a game-losing rushing touchdown in the final 30 seconds of play.
Chicago was once 3-2 but has since dropped five straight to fall to 3-7 and, thus, has little reason to rush a 22-year-old hoped to be the franchise's future back into action on a short week.
In short, logic suggests Dalton will be in the lineup for the Bears in Detroit.