Caleb Hanie may be the Chicago Bears’ starting for the rest of the season.
Jay Cutler, whose broken thumb forced Hanie into the Bears’ starting lineup, said today that he’s not sure if he’ll be able to return this season.
“I got to be smart about it,” Cutler said, via Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times. “It could be, I’m done for the season.”
Cutler’s comments were his first since surgery on his thumb a week ago. As part of that procedure he had two pins and three screws in his right thumb, and now the rehabilitation process is getting underway.
“Just getting some movement back in it,” Cutler said.
So could Cutler be back late in the regular season? Or maybe in the playoffs?
“I don’t know. We’ll just have to see, week-by-week,” Cutler said. “I don’t want to put a number on it, because I just don’t know.”
And so the Bears will hope they can get to the playoffs with Hanie.