Justin Fields took a nasty hit to the head on a sack by Buffalo Bills fourth-year linebacker Andre Smith during Saturday’s NFL preseason game. He was widely mocked for it on social media after his comments about the NFL being slower than he thought after his first preseason game.
The Chicago Bears rookie quarterback and former Ohio State Buckeyes star is only going to garner even more attention after he shrugged off the hit after the game.
“It didn’t really hurt, to be honest with you,” Fields told reporters after the game. “I think the one thing that hurt was my helmet coming off and hitting me in the eye. But the actual hit, it wasn’t that crazy.”
As far as what he said last week about the game being slow, he cleared that up after the Bills game.
“That came out totally wrong,” Fields said. “Apparently the narrative was that I’m just that good, that the game was too slow. What I meant to say was that I go up against our first-team defense a lot throughout the week. So me going against them and playing these preseason games when starters aren’t in, that’s gonna slow the game down for me. Again, I just wanted to clear that up because I don’t want to come off as cocky or acting like I made it, because I know I have a lot of work to do.”
Facing a second-and-five situation, Fields dropped back to pass and looked left as Smith charged in unblocked and delivered a high hit on Fields, whose helmet flew off.
Fields remained in the game, though, and Chicago scored a touchdown one snap later on rookie running back Khalil Herbert’s 13-yard touchdown run.