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 extent of the break isn't known but it does require 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 or around Week 17's match-up vs the Vikings. 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.
Today Lovie Smith just took the podium for a press conference to address the injured thumb of Bears QB Jay Cutler. Immediately Lovie Smith addressed the adversity the Bears had faced this season after starting 2-3 on their way to a 7-3 record. Smith announced that Cutler is out for an extended period of time. The organization plans to schedule surgery on Cutler’s thumb as soon as possible.
The plan is to get Cutler back at the end of the regular season. Given the general timeframe of an injury of this magnitude, the Bears could use the Week 17 match-up against the Vikings as a tune-up game for Cutler on January 1st. Caleb Hanie was announced as the starting QB. Backing him is currently rookie Nathan Enderle but the Bears plan to sign a veteran Quarterback to back Hanie up for an emergency situation
Martz has dealt with losing a Quarterback in his system before, such as in 1999 when Trent Green got injured. He was replaced by a guy you may have heard of, Kurt Warner.