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Here's a full list of NFL backup quarterbacks for 2021

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Justin Fields likely won’t be getting to spend his first NFL Thanksgiving playing in the bright lights. 

The Chicago Bears rookie QB is expected to miss Thursday’s game against the Detroit Lions as he continues to deal with a rib injury. Andy Dalton, who filled in for Fields this past Sunday, will take over as the starter. 

On the other side of the field, the Lions may also be without their starter. Jared Goff missed Week 11 with an oblique injury, and as a result, Tim Boyle made his first NFL start. Goff was listed as a limited participant on Monday and Boyle may be the signal caller on Thanksgiving. 

Those two aren’t the only backups who could start in Week 12. Zach Wilson missed his fourth straight on Sunday as the Joe Flacco-led New York Jets lost to the Miami Dolphins.

In Baltimore, the Ravens were without Lamar Jackson against the Bears. Jackson wasn't able to suit up due to a non-COVID-related illness. Tyler Huntley started in Jackson's absence and pulled off a comeback win over the Bears.

There are still a handful of other backup quarterbacks starting in place of injured signal callers, too.

Who is each NFL team’s backup quarterback?

There are 17 signal-callers who have made at least one start after entering the 2021 season as a backup: Seattle's Geno Smith, Washington’s Taylor Heinicke, Houston’s Davis Mills, Miami’s Jacoby Brissett, Chicago’s Fields, San Francisco’s Trey Lance, Cleveland's Case Keenum, Dallas' Cooper Rush, New York's Mike White, New York’s Joe Flacco, New Orleans' Trevor Siemian, Green Bay's Jordan Love, Arizona's Colt McCoy, Carolina's P.J. Walker, Carolina’s Cam Newton, Pittsburgh's Mason Rudolph and Detroit’s Boyle.


Here’s an updated look at all of the quarterback rooms across the NFL (* = backup currently filling in for injured starter):

Arizona Cardinals

Starter: Kyler Murray (out with injury)

Backups: Colt McCoy*, Trace McSorley

Atlanta Falcons

Starter: Matt Ryan

Backups: Josh Rosen, Feleipe Franks, AJ McCarron (IR)

Baltimore Ravens

Starter: Lamar Jackson

Backup: Tyler Huntley

Buffalo Bills

Starter: Josh Allen

Backup: Mitch Trubisky

Carolina Panthers

Starter: Sam Darnold (IR)

Backup: Cam Newton*, P.J. Walker, Matt Barkley

Chicago Bears

Starter: Justin Fields (out with injury)

Backups: Andy Dalton*, Nick Foles

Cincinnati Bengals

Starter: Joe Burrow

Backup: Brandon Allen

Cleveland Browns

Starter: Baker Mayfield

Backup: Case Keenum

Dallas Cowboys

Starter: Dak Prescott

Backups: Cooper Rush, Will Grier

Denver Broncos

Starter: Teddy Bridgewater

Backups: Drew Lock, Brett Rypien

Detroit Lions

Starter: Jared Goff (out with injury)

Backups: David Blough, Tim Boyle*

Green Bay Packers

Starter: Aaron Rodgers

Backup: Jordan Love

Houston Texans

Starter: Tyrod Taylor

Backups: Davis Mills, Jeff Driskel, Deshaun Watson

Indianapolis Colts

Starter: Carson Wentz

Backups: Sam Ehlinger

Jacksonville Jaguars

Starter: Trevor Lawrence

Backup: C.J. Beathard

Kansas City Chiefs

Starter: Patrick Mahomes

Backup: Chad Henne

Las Vegas Raiders

Starter: Derek Carr

Backups: Marcus Mariota

Los Angeles Chargers

Starter: Justin Herbert

Backups: Chase Daniel, Easton Stick

Los Angeles Rams

Starter: Matthew Stafford

Backups: John Wolford, Bryce Perkins

Miami Dolphins

Starter: Tua Tagovailoa

Backups: Jacoby Brissett

Minnesota Vikings

Starter: Kirk Cousins

Backups: Sean Mannion, Kellen Mond, Nate Stanley (IR)

New England Patriots

Starter: Mac Jones

Backups: Brian Hoyer, Jarrett Stidham

New Orleans Saints

Starter: Jameis Winston (out with injury)

Backups: Trevor Siemian*, Taysom Hill, Ian Book

New York Giants 

Starter: Daniel Jones

Backup: Mike Glennon

New York Jets

Starter: Zach Wilson (out with injury)

Backup: Mike White, Joe Flacco*, Josh Johnson

Philadelphia Eagles

Starter: Jalen Hurts

Backups: Gardner Minshew II, Reid Sinnett

Pittsburgh Steelers

Starter: Ben Roethlisberger

Backups: Mason Rudolph, Dwayne Haskins, Joshua Dobbs (IR)

San Francisco 49ers

Starter: Jimmy Garoppolo

Backup: Trey Lance

Seattle Seahawks

Starter: Russell Wilson

Backup: Geno Smith, Jacob Eason

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Starter: Tom Brady

Backups: Blaine Gabbert, Kyle Trask

Tennessee Titans

Starter: Ryan Tannehill

Backup: Logan Woodside

Washington Football Team

Starter: Ryan Fitzpatrick (IR)

Backups: Taylor Heinicke*, Kyle Allen