Jay Cutler will miss at least a month with groin tear

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While there are season-ending injuries in other cities, the Bears have now taken a pair of major blows today.

The Bears announced that quarterback Jay Cutler will miss at least four weeks with a torn groin muscle, after the previously reported four- to six-week absence of linebacker Lance Briggs.

The Bears have traditionally floundered when Cutler’s been absent, as evidenced by their 2011 collapse from 7-3 to 8-8.

Backup Josh McCown played well yesterday, but there’s a signficant drop-off there, one the Bears will struggle to recover from at a time their defense isn’t playing well.

It also complicates the financial decision the team has to make. Cutler was allowed to go into the final year of his contract without an extension, and this doesn’t help them decide whether he’s going to be their guy for the long term.

83 responses to “Jay Cutler will miss at least a month with groin tear

  1. Well, McCown looked better than Jason Campbell or Caleb Hanie yesterday. That isn’t saying much though.

  2. Hey horton…McCown looked better than Cutler dude. You really think that bum would’ve thrown up as many points?

    If the answer is yes then you’ve never watched Cutler play. It was a matter of time before MeAngelo picked him off.

  3. Hope the players are enjoying the extra time off the new CBA gives them from offseason workouts.

    Because the lower level of strength and conditioning that seems prevalent throughout the league this year has led to more serious injuries than I can ever remember in any season in over 40 years of watching the NFL. I believe that can be tied directly to reduced offseason workouts.

  4. McCown posted a 119.6 rating on the WORST secondary. He’ll be alright but I think Chicago is destined for 3rd place because of him and their deteriorating defense. How many years has Cutler gotten hurt and crushed and subsequently ended their season?

  5. Lion’s fan here, tough break brothers of the North. Never want to see anything but an opponents best and if we play you without Cutler it just won’t feel the same.

  6. It’s really too bad the Bears have had so many injuries this year. This is probably one of, if not their last year, of being able to compete for a while thanks to a quickly aging defense. Injuries Melton, Williams, Collins, Briggs(probably the worst of them all) and Tillman to some degree have decimated the defense. It’s really a shame too because the offense seemed to have figured it out. Then of course there’s Culter going down which is going to kill the offense. The bears do have a somewhat favorable schedule after the Ravens game in a weak NFC but asking them to stay afloat for that long will most likely prove to much I hate to say.

  7. If he really has a Torn Groin this is gonna be much longer then 1 month! Are you kidding me, try running around with a torn groin, good luck! Put a fork in it, the Vikings and Lions will finish with better records then the Bears now!

  8. Not sure is McCown is better than Hanie or Campbell, but the offense will probably be more successful. The bears offense line and receivers are much better now. Unfortunately, the defense has been horrible so unlike Hanie and Campbell the offense has to win games instead of not lose games.

  9. As a Lions fan, I love the battles with Detroit and Chicago. It won’t feel the same without Cutler and the inevitable Suh sack. Get better Jay, one of the misunderstood athletes in sports.

  10. In the long run it really doesn’t matter. With healthy Briggs and Tillman the Bear’s defense was still terrible. We weren’t going anywhere even if we made the playoffs. Coughing up 30-40 points each week does not make you a playoff caliber team.

    Losing Cutler sucks because he was doing well (here come the haters) under Trestman. Hope all our guys get on the mend.

    Time for the young guys to get real playing time.

  11. Even though no one is running away with the NFCN, it looks like the Bears yearly tradition of slipping on a banana peel and missing the playoffs is not going to be broken.

  12. Well, as a Bears fan, at least now this frees me up to do something more productive with my time on Sundays. Though I still can’t figure out just how exactly he got injured on that seemingly harmless play.

    Oh yeah, and the Bears defense is absolutely putrid, maybe the worst in the league. How things have changed.

  13. I thought duh Bears always get to 7 wins before the collapse begins. Looks like they’re starting early this season. The injuries only serve to cover up the inevitable.

  14. Not a Bear fan, but this has got to suck. Cutler finally looked like he was embrasing this new system and now this. McCown looked okay, but give any NFL team a week to prepare, and that will change quick.

  15. The Bears should sign Favre for the next game in GB, just so the Packers fans heads would explode. They might actually burn their own town down if that happened.

  16. Only the Jags and Giant with a combined 1 win between them have given up more points than the Bears. Get Lovie on the phone as I think we are still paying him. Looks like it might be too late to call Tim T. but at least then we would have something interesting to post and argue about after the standard Bear loss.

    Call Mr. Hanie please but no matter what we do Giants and Jags will draft ahead of us.

  17. As a Vikings fan(pathetic, I know)I feel bad for Cutler and da Bears. Losing Cutler is bad, but Briggs on top of that is brutal.

    Fans like to rip Cutler(and he does come off as a bit whiny), but after watching Frerotte, T-Joke, Webb and Ponder I’d give an arm to get Cutler in Minnesota…

  18. All fans of the Detroit Lions, Carolina Panthers, Philadelphia Eagles, and even Atlanta Falcons just got a little happier with the news.

    Sorry Bears fans. This really sucks, I love watching Jay play.

  19. No biggie since injuries only matter when they are on the Patriots. Other teams losing players to injuries is just a part of the game while the Pats losing some guys is a national tragedy.

  20. For real Bears fans, now will be the opportunity to see if Trestman can work some real magic with McCown who has a serviceable, but undistinguished track record.

    If McCown can raise his career level performance with Trestman’s tutoring, then the Bears may yet be competitive and the season remain interesting.

    As for the defense, let’s see who rises to fill the gaps and perform on game day.

  21. Time to find a “Rich Gannon” for Trestman to guru like he did in Oakland. A journeyman QB who had a few starts with moderate success but had been classified as a career backup with no expectations for strong performance on a consistent basis. Wait, couldn’t that be Josh McCown or Jordan Palmer?

  22. mikebrownbears30 says:
    Oct 21, 2013 2:45 PM

    Time to find a “Rich Gannon” for Trestman to guru like he did in Oakland. A journeyman QB who had a few starts with moderate success but had been classified as a career backup with no expectations for strong performance on a consistent basis. Wait, couldn’t that be Josh McCown or Jordan Palmer?
    _____________________________
    Rich Gannon was no Joe Montana. But putting him in the same sentace as Josh McCown and Jordan Palmer is a travesty, an absolute travesty.

  23. Somewhere the city of Detroit is rejoicing. They know that’s the only reason they got in the playoffs the last time when we basically handed it to them after Cutler got hurt.

  24. Maybe someday someone in the Bears front office will begin to take the position of back up QB seriously.

    I mean, you have a QB who gets hurt sometime. Is it really a good idea to sign guys like Caleb Hanie and Josh McCown and say “Yup, we’re good here”?

  25. realitypolice: They thought they had it shored up last year with Jason Campbell, who stole like $4million from them and was an absolute bum.

  26. This is so weird! If this offseason taught me nothing else it is that only running QBs can (and will!) get injured.

  27. WE Bear fans need to relax and look at things as they are. Marc Trestman wasn’t brought in here as head coach to win a championship his first year. He was brought in here this year, rather than next year to make sure the org. doesn’t make a 20 million dollar mistake, just in case Cutler wasn’t going to worth investing in for the future of this team. It makes sense. They went out and found huge pieces on the offense to put around Cutler to make sure he had all the tools he needed to succeed. This would explain why there wasn’t much if any upgrading done on the defense last offseason. They knew the defense was in decline, but didn’t have the resources to re-build both sides of the ball in one year.
    Here’s something I think will shock alot of Bear fans…… the offense won’t freefall without Cutler behind center! Trestman’s system is designed to take what the defense gives you. No forcing of the ball downfield if it’s not there. Cutler did alot of that. McCown won’t! McCown will spread the ball around to everyone and the offense will maintain. The problem is on the defensive side and it’s not going to get remedied this year. I’m good with that, knowing Phil Emery has a game plan down for the future and he’s brought in a coach who’s capable of seeing it through. The Bears will be okay!

  28. The NFL has determined that Cutler’s injury was a direct result of a hit he sustained from Suh. Suh will be fined 50k for Cutler’s injury.

  29. @lionsplayoffs

    I haven’t seen the Lions in an NFC Championship game or even a divisional game in forever. You’d think after all those years of having top draft picks that the Lions would be good right? WRONG. They have sucked, still do suck, and will always suck. Thats just science.

  30. Is it just me or did it appear that McCown was the better of the two Qb’s yesterday?

    I realize Cutler had the starting gig but that’s just because the Bears trading away a small fortune thinking they were getting a franchise QB in return, he’s been everything but.

    Now the injuries on their defense are a big concern but Cutler is not as big of a loss as you might think, wait a few weeks and McCown is going to change some minds.

  31. All u ppl thinking he is faking a groin tear, is just ridiculous and I hope you aren’t a Bears fan… He has played his best football as A Bear this season, loves the offense for the first time in 4 years, and actually carrying the team. So ummm, yeah he just decided to fake this?!?! C’mon ppl. Professional athletes wanna WIN, not fake an injury and sit out.. some of these comments are crazy. I think some of you may actually like Cutler lol….

  32. Bears fan already knew that there was not going to be an Andy Reid II act (2/14 last year going to 7/0 now)in Chicago with Trestman. We are more focused on tonight’s Giants/Vikings game than last night’s Colts/Broncos event as tonight we get reminded how much worse we could be, with or without Cutler.

  33. To winstonchill and bearsfan for life:

    They say the Great Wall of China took about 1500 years to complete. I’m looking for a similar timeframe on the Bears rebuild with Trestman.

    As for Trestman the similarities to a comparison of Obama vs. Bush 2 are making me long for the nostalgia from the best of the Lovie Era already.

  34. arsenic510 says: Oct 21, 2013 4:19 PM

    @lionsplayoffs

    I haven’t seen the Lions in an NFC Championship game or even a divisional game in forever. You’d think after all those years of having top draft picks that the Lions would be good right? WRONG. They have sucked, still do suck, and will always suck. Thats just science.

    And its also in the geneva convention

  35. Bears signed Jordan Rodgers to play QB. Don’t you think he is really a Packers spy and he will spill his guts to his big Brother Aaron until he gets cut. LMAO !

  36. You guys are missing the big picture here. His doctor probably told him to refrain from sexual activity for a month. Have any of you even seen his wife?

  37. This is where all the tough guy d-bags come out and comment about how he’s weak and how their favorite QB is tougher bla bla bla…. You’re all fat and lazy so stop acting like you’re tougher than anybody in the NFL…. keyboard warriors….

  38. The north belongs to GB now for sure. Hopefully Chi signs Cutler to an extension bcuz he loves throwing to Packers DB’s.

  39. vegasgreek says: Oct 21, 2013 6:28 PM

    “Bears signed Jordan Rodgers to play QB. Don’t you think he is really a Packers spy and he will spill his guts to his big Brother Aaron until he gets cut. LMAO !”

    Dude, seriously…Put down the crack pipe and learn to read. The new backup QB is Jordan Palmer, not Jordan Rodgers.

  40. Losing Cutler hurts, but the offense finally has enough playmakers to offset his absense for a month. The defense, on the other hand, just went from bad to totally screwed.

  41. The Bears offense will be able to maintain in Cutler’s absence. The problem, just like it has been all year is that the defense can’t stop anyone! This needs to be the end of the road in Chicago for; Peppers, Conte and McClellin. Actually, for that matter, Major Wright might not be exempt from that either………

  42. edelmanfanclub says:
    Oct 21, 2013 1:43 PM
    McCown posted a 119.6 rating on the WORST secondary. He’ll be alright but I think Chicago is destined for 3rd place because of him and their deteriorating defense. How many years has Cutler gotten hurt and crushed and subsequently ended their season?

    How many years has McCown had Martellus Bennett, Alshon Jeffery, and Brandon Marshall to throw to? The offense will be fine, but the defense, once Briggs went down, looked like a bad high school team. It was horrifically bad. Does Mel Tucker have any idea what he’s doing?

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