Reports are coming out that Bears QB Jay Cutler has a broken thumb on his throwing hand and could be done for the season. The story is currently developing so it’s hard to align your thoughts with which reports you want to put faith into. For these purposes we won’t update with any reports from sources that aren’t credible.
The extent of his injury isn’t known 100% but, it’s believed to be a broken thumb on his right hand. If he were to undergo surgery the recovery frame for similar injuries is 6-8 weeks. This could put Cutler back into the line-up if the Bears were to make the playoffs. Riding a 5 game winning streak, losing your franchise QB for the remainder of the games in a heated playoff run with Detroit could be very troubling. Let’s hope for the best.
The injury occurred on the 4th quarter interception by Antoine Cason. Cutler helped prevent a defensive touchdown on the play by slowing Cason down along the right sideline while Matt Forte caught up to push him out of bounds. Cutler was knocked to the ground by Chargers LB Donald Butler with 10:03 left in the game.
He did play the rest of the game and even completed 2 passes after the injury. Many questioned his toughness last January but, those people should be fairly quiet now. Cutler endured the pain of a broken thumb and remained in the game. Behind Cutler, is the Colorado State product Caleb Hanie. Hanie appeared in relief for Cutler during the NFC Championship game he was injured in last January and performed well.
Here is the Chicago Tribune Report on Cutler’s Injury with a few notable quotes.
Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer was the first to report that Cutler suffered a broken thumb, without identifying which hand.
According to a source, surgery could be an option for the quarterback, but there is no immediate plan to put Cutler on injured reserve. Essentially, he could return for the playoffs, with six weeks remaining in the regular season.
Tweet from Chicago Bears sideline reporter Zach Zaidman
THIS IS A DEVELOPING STORY, WE’LL UPDATE THE ARTICLE WITH MORE INFORMATION AS IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.