So much for that whole "return" thing fans hoping for. With the Bears eliminated from playoff contention, the Bears placed injured QB Jay Cutler and RB Matt Forte on injured reserve. Cutler has been missing from action the past 5 weeks after having surgery on a broken right thumb. Cutler had the pins removed and has only been dealing with some swelling. If the Bears absolutely needed Cutler to play, doctors believe he could. With nothing to gain, the Bears decided against an early return.
As for Matt Forte, he sustained a sprained MCL against the Kansas City Chiefs early in December and has missed the last 3 games. It's amazing to see the Cutler-less/Forte-less Bears. It's hard to imagine with them both healthy we were 7-3 and looking like a top dawg in the NFC. Without them, we play abysmal and it pains to watch.
Without Cutler, the Bears are 0-5 and have lost 5 straight games. Without Matt Forte we are 0-3 as well. Now that the Bears are officially eliminated from the season they have no reason to keep them on the active roster. There replacements Caleb Hanie, Josh McCown, Marion Barber, and Kahlil Bell didn't do well enough to sustain the 7-3 record. McCown and Bell played very well but Hanie and Barber blew it before they could take over and keep the playoff hopes alive.