Chicago Bears quarterback Nick Falls was sent off after being hit on the grass late in the fourth quarter of a loss to the Vikings in Minnesota by 19 to 13 on Monday night.
With 44 seconds left in the game, Falls fell to pass and tried to avoid the Vikings’ rush, but Minnesota defender Ifeadi Odenigbo caught the veteran defender and pushed Thales back to the ground.
Bears coach Matt Nagy, after being available after the match, said that Falls had suffered an injury to his hip or leg.
“You never want to see anyone come down, mine or the other team,” said the Bears, who are returning to Cordarel Patterson. “As part of it, it hurts, man. We know how much work Nick puts into each day, what grinder he puts in. To see this guy fall is heartbreaking. I just want the best for him and his family. It̵
Fowles remained on the field for more than a minute until the cart came out and transported him to the locker room.
“He’s a tough guy and it hurts a lot,” Nagy said. “When you see this and you’re there with him, you feel for him only because you don’t know how bad it was. So this part is difficult.
“Again, defense and where we are with taking the ball, fast play, taking the ball and taking the ball with maximum protection is something we need to look at again and make sure where we are now and how we do this and all that. “
The 31-year-old Falls finished the night 15 of 26 for 106 yards and one interception.
Veteran calling signal Tyler Bray entered the game for the last drive in Chicago. Mitchell Trubiski, who lost his starting job to Foles in week 3, was inactive due to a shoulder injury.
“I don’t know about Mitch,” Nagy said after the loss. “I think there’s a possibility, but I don’t know for sure. We just have to take it day in and day out.”
The Bears (5-5) are on goodbye for a week and the next game in Green Bay on November 29.