The Las Vegas Raiders are starting veteran Brian Hoyer over rookie Aidan O’Connell in place of the injured Jimmy Garoppolo for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears, a source told The Athletic’s Dianna Russini.

Hoyer filled in for Garoppolo after the latter exited last week’s victory over the New England Patriots due to a back injury. However, O’Connell replaced an injured Garoppolo earlier in the season, entering during a Week 4 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.

Hoyer ended the Week 6 win over New England with six completions on 10 attempts for 102 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions.


The 38-year-old journeyman has made 40 starts over his lengthy career, winning 16 of them. He’s also thrown for 53 touchdowns to 35 interceptions.

The 3-3 Raiders will catch a break Sunday as they’ll avoid Bears quarterback Justin Fields, who is out with a thumb injury. Instead, Las Vegas will face undrafted quarterback Tyson Bagent.

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