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Andy Dalton will begin as the bears participate in Lions Thanksgiving Day;  George McCaskey reportedly said claims about coach Matt Nagy’s impending dismissal are not true


DETROIT (CBS) –Head coach Matt Nagy will take the helm on the Bears’ Thanksgiving Day morning against the Detroit Lions without a win.

Before the team traveled to Michigan, Bears president George McCaskey reportedly told coaches and players that there was no truth in the report that Nagy would be sacked after Thursday’s game.

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Earlier this week, The Patch’s Mark Konkol reported that the Bears had informed Nagy that Thursday’s game would be his last as a coach, but during his press conference on Tuesday at Halas Hall, Nagy said “this n ‘is not correct “.

Nagy said he had not had such discussions with Bears president George McCaskey, CEO Ted Philips or general manager Ryan Pace.

“I have excellent communication with the property, with George, Ted and Ryan, but I haven’t had any discussions,” he said.

Nagy said he didn’t expect to speak to Pace or team property again before Thursday’s game and wouldn’t reveal the last time he spoke to them.

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“We have constant communication throughout the season,” he said.

As for Thursday’s game, Justin Fields will be absent because he suffers from bruised ribs. This means Andy Dalton will get his first start as a quarterback since Week 2.

Dalton came off the bench and nearly led the Bears to a comeback victory over the Baltimore Ravens last Sunday.

“I think I’m a starter in this league. Coming into his year, that’s what I was. That’s what I expect – the type of player I am, ”said Dalton. “I’m not focusing on what’s going to happen after this year or after this game. My main goal is to be the best quarterback; being the best player I can be to help this team win on Thursday.

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The game kicks off at 11:30 a.m. Chicago time at Ford Field in Detroit.

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