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Cutler getting pins out of thumb, not expected to play

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The broken thumb that helped sink the Bears’ season is healed, but Jay Cutler is still likely done for 2011.

Cutler will have the pins removed from his thumb on Tuesday, but Lovie Smith didn’t sound like he was going to have his quarterback in the lineup against the Vikings. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports that Smith said he is looking forward to seeing Josh McCown play again after his performance at Lambeau Field on Sunday night. Smith wouldn’t rule out a role for McCown on the team next season, either.

“I think everything you do, you have to look at the performance,” Smith said. “The performance Josh put in last night was impressive so that’s why we can get so much done this week. We want to see him have an opportunity to come back and play again this coming week. You normally can find a spot for a player that played the way he played last night.”

There’s not much reason to bring Cutler back for Week 17. Had things worked out in a way that left the Bears with a shot at making the playoffs, perhaps you’d rush him back into the lineup and take your chances but they didn’t and leaving him out is the prudent thing to do.

It also makes more sense to play McCown instead of Caleb Hanie or rookie Nathan Enderle. Hanie has shown that he isn’t a good choice to be the number two in 2012 and Enderle isn’t ready to take on the role, so taking a longer look at McCown with an eye on next year’s backup job is the best course of action.

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13 Responses to “Cutler getting pins out of thumb, not expected to play”
  1. dinkdribbler says: Dec 26, 2011 3:27 PM

    Just in time to work on the golf swing!

  2. mialto says: Dec 26, 2011 3:28 PM

    Jay is surely missed in this what-could-if-been season!

  3. dannyduberstein7 says: Dec 26, 2011 3:32 PM

    thank you so much i’ve been on pins and needles wondering if cutler will rush back for the meaningless game next week

  4. binkystevens says: Dec 26, 2011 3:34 PM

    That picture is an excellent summary of Cutler.

  5. jimmysee says: Dec 26, 2011 3:38 PM

    Nathan Enderle = another wasted Bears draft pick.

  6. ozierdisaster3335 says: Dec 26, 2011 3:44 PM

    As a broncos fan, I wish him a safe recovery… he’s a great competitor … he’ll come back strong next year.. good luck to him

  7. dino2997 says: Dec 26, 2011 3:48 PM

    The media subtly trying to do to Cutler what they’ve been doing to him for the last 3 seasons. Nice choice of pictures.

  8. textexington says: Dec 26, 2011 3:51 PM

    He can be fully expected to sulk on the sidelines.

  9. wtfru2 says: Dec 26, 2011 4:03 PM

    I still say a team with a coach named “Lovie” will never win a championship…..

  10. test2402 says: Dec 26, 2011 4:04 PM

    Tim Tebow doesn’t need pins.

  11. prmpft says: Dec 26, 2011 4:32 PM

    …the pin is out of his thumb – but
    the corn cob is still firmly embedded in his…

  12. gmen1987 says: Dec 27, 2011 8:47 AM

    Broncos fans will eventually realized that they once had John Elways true successor when Tebowmania comes crashing down. The legend of Coach McDumbass lives on.

  13. tommytd says: Dec 27, 2011 3:31 PM

    Who knows, maybe goofball Lovie will even let him take a few snaps with the first unit next year during practice (which would be more work than Hanie ever got).

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