CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 20: Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears throws a pass to Earl Bennett against the San Diego Chargers at Soldier Field on November 20, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Chargers 31-20. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Jay Cutler Officially Placed On Injured Reserve

Jay Cutler is officially out for the year as the Bears placed him and Matt Forte on IR a week before the end of the season.

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Jay Cutler, Matt Forte Officially Placed On Injured Reserve

T'he Chicago Bears have decided to officially end the year for Jay Cutler and Matt Forte, who were both hurt earlier this year. Neither play will be cleared to play in Week 17 and with the Bears out of playoff contention the team has decided to place both players on injured reserve.

Cutler injured his thumb in a Nov. 20 game against the San Diego Chargers. The Bears were hopeful he could potentially be available for the playoffs but they were officially out of the playoffs with last week's loss.

Forte suffered an MCL injury two weeks later and, like Cutler, there was some hope he could return if there was a playoff run.

The Bears now have two open roster spots as they approach Week 17 against the Minnesota Vikings. Check out SB Nation's Windy City Gridiron for more on the Bears.

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Jay Cutler Injury: Bears QB Unlikely To Return Week 17

Though Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is making progress in his recovery from his broken right thumb, he is unlikely to play in the team's regular season finale against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune and National Football Post reports.

Cutler will have the pins removed from his surgically-repair thumb on Tuesday, but with the Bears eliminated from playoff contention, there's little incentive to rush him back for Sunday's finale. Bears head coach Lovie Smith is interested in seeing another start from journeyman Josh McCown, who played admirably in Sunday night's loss to the Green Bay Packers.

"We want to see him have an opportunity to come back and play again this coming week," Smith said of McCown. "You normally can find a spot for a player that played the way he played (Sunday) night."

McCown went 19-of-28 for 242 yards with a touchdown, two interceptions and added 38 rushing yards in the loss to the Packers. The 32-year-old signed a one-year deal with the Bears late last month and is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent in March, but could possibly be the steady No. 2 quarterback the franchise has been looking for the last few offseasons.

For more on Cutler and the Bears, check out Windy City Gridiron.

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Jay Cutler Injury: Outside Chance Bears QB Could Return For Packers Game

Jay Cutler's injury was originally thought to be a season ending one for the Chicago Bears quarterback, but there's an outside chance that he could make a return for his team's second to last game against the Green Bay Packers. Lambeau Field on a December night isn't exactly the best place to make a return from an injury that prevents one from gripping a football, but Cutler told a reporter from CBS that there is an outside chance he could make a comeback.

"I'll say outside...I wouldn't say it's good or definite or a real possibility, but there's always a chance."

Obviously, Cutler and the Bears aren't terribly optimistic about a return, and whether or not he decides to play through any discomfort could be influenced by the outcomes of various Week 15 games. The Bears currently trail the Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions by one game in the NFC Wild Card race. If the Bears defeat the Seattle Seahawks and one of those two teams slips up, suddenly the incentive for Cutler to rush back becomes much greater.

For more on Cutler and the Bears, check out Windy City Gridiron.

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Jay Cutler Admits Thumb Injury May End His Season

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler spoke to reporters for the first time since his thumb surgery, giving an update on his injured thumb. Cutler had surgery to repair his broken thumb on Nov. 23 and may miss the season as a result. Since his injury, a timetable for Cutler's return to the field has been unclear, though he did update the media on status.

Cutler didn't sound optimistic about his recovery timetable, and instead sounded like a man who could have to sit out the rest of the season.

“Obviously, I’d want to play next week if they’d let me but I don’t think that’s going to be in the cards,” Cutler said. “It could be I’m done for the season. I just have to be smart about it and realize that there is a long-term picture.”

His head coach, Lovie Smith, left things open-ended, saying there was the possibility Cutler's season could be over, but he may yet return.

“A possibility?” Smith said. “Yeah. It's a possibility. I mean, there are a lot of possibilities on a lot of things, you know. But you can't go that far. It's good to see back him here.

Both quotes via National Football Post.

For more on Cutler and the Bears, check out Windy City Gridiron.

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Jay Cutler Undergoing Surgery On Thumb Injury

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is scheduled to have surgery on his broken thumb on Wednesday, according to Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times. Cutler fractured the thumb on his right hand, his throwing hand, in the Bears' week 11 win over the San Diego Chargers. The Bears and their fans are keeping their fingers crossed that Cutler can indeed return in time for the season finale and a playoff run. 

When Cutler first suffered the injury, many speculated that it would end his season and put the Bears' playoff hopes at risk. The Bears have since revised Cutler's schedule with the expectation that he could be back on the field before the end of the season. 

Through ten games, Cutler has thrown for 2,319 yards, 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also has a rushing touchdown. Chicago's schedule is mostly favorable down the stretch, save for a tough week 16 game against the Packers. They will rely on Matt Forte to keep the offense competitive as they fight for a Wild Card spot in the NFC. 

For more on Cutler and the Bears, check out Windy City Gridiron

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Jay Cutler Injury: Bears QB Faces Uncertain Road To Recovery

Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler suffered an injury on Sunday that will require surgery to the thumb on his throwing hand. SB Nation's Medical Expert details Cutler's prognosis and his road to recovery.

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Jay Cutler Injury: Bears Looking At Free Agent Quarterbacks

Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith spoke with the Chicago media on Monday after news had surfaced that Jay Cutler fractured his right thumb and will be lost for at least several weeks. Smith didn't delve into specifics regarding the injury but did confirm it was a fractured thumb. When asked if it was a season-ending injury, he said it's not.

"What I've been told right now is that we can expect him back at the end of the regular season. For me, that was enough to go on. He'll be out for a period of time right now."

Smith said he's not going into detail on Cutler's surgery but did confirm he's expected to undergo a procedure on the thumb "soon."

The Bears currently have Caleb Hanie, the primary backup, slated as the starting quarterback in Cutler's absence. Nathan Enderle is also on the roster but Smith said the Bears will look to the free agent market to pick up a veteran quarterback. He acknowledged that there aren't many quarterbacks available but "there are a few." He didn't name names but among the top of the current free agent quarterbacks are David Garrard, Trent Edwards and Josh McCown.

It's never a good time to see your starting quarterback go down but the Bears have a relatively easy stretch of games coming up where they'll play all four AFC West teams (arguably the worst division in football) as well as the 4-6 Seahawks.

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Jay Cutler Injury Update: Bears QB To Undergo Surgery On Thumb

If you watched the Chicago Bears beat the San Diego Chargers in Week 11 you may not have even noticed that Jay Cutler suffered a fractured thumb. The Bears QB never exited the game and even head coach Lovie Smith didn't know the severity of the injury in his postgame press conference.

But Cutler's thumb is indeed a serious injury and it could cost him the rest of the regular season. The Bears are saying that Cutler will require surgery on his thumb and he could undergo the procedure as soon as Tuesday. They're still not officially setting a timeline on his recovery but they're hopeful he'll return before the end of the season.

Unofficially, however, the word is that Cutler will be out 6-8 weeks with the injury. If that's the case, it would take them right up until the last week of the season before he could even consider coming back.

For now, the Bears starting QB duties are handed to Caleb Hanie, who has attempted just 14 career passes.

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Jay Cutler Injury Confirmed By Chicago Bears Coach Lovie Smith

The Chicago Bears are confirming that Jay Cutler suffered a thumb injury in Sunday's victory over the San Diego Chargers. Cutler suffered a broken thumb and the Chicago Tribune has reported that he's going to miss at least 6-8 weeks.

Bears coach Lovie Smith acknowledged the injury on a Monday morning radio show.

"Jay does have a right thumb fracture," Smith said during an appearance on WBBM-AM 780. "He hurt it on the tackle on the interception. Of course, we took X-rays last night and he'll be seeing specialists this morning and we'll be able to tell you a little more after that."

But Smith declined to get into any talks about how long Cutler may be out.

"I'm not going to play doctor right now," he said. "We are going through the process. We will be able to tell you a little bit more. It's all we know right now."

Surgery is a possibility but, as Smith said, they don't know enough right now. For now, though, the Bears are planning on being without their starting quarterback moving forward.

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Jay Cutler Injury: Bears Don't Plan To Place QB On Injured Reserve

Jay Cutler's injury — a broken thumb on his throwing hand — may keep him out of a Bears uniform for the next two months, but the Bears aren't giving up hope that he will be playing again in the 2011 NFL season.

ESPN Chicago's Michael C. Wright reports that Cutler's next step is surgery, with his regular season possibly over because of it. The Bears don't plan to put Cutler on the injured reserve list, however, according to the Chicago Tribune's Vaughn McClure.

Cutler has led the Bears to a 7-3 record, and that mark would be good for an NFC wild card spot if the playoffs started today. But Cutler's replacement, Caleb Hanie, has thrown 14 regular season passes in his NFL career, and only threw slightly more as Cutler's injury replacement in last year's NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers. It's possible that Cutler will be back from his injury before the end of the playoffs, but that the Bears will no longer be playing.

For more on Cutler and the Bears, visit Windy City Gridiron.

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Jay Cutler Injury: Bears Could Be Without Quarterback 'For A While,' According To Report

Jay Cutler broke his thumb on Sunday during the Chicago Bears' game against the San Diego Chargers. The injury could keep him out for the remainder of the regular season according to some reports.

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