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Report: Bears “preparing for a lengthy absence” for Jay Cutler

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Bears quarterback Jay Cutler admitted he was worried last night, and the Bears are as well.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Bears are “preparing for a lengthy absence” for their starting quarterback after last night’s right thumb injury.

They’re apparently debating the method of treatment now, whether he needs surgery to fix the injured thumb. He left last night in a cast, and said he couldn’t grip the ball properly, which contributed to an interception.

Brian Hoyer came on in relief last night. He’s the only other quarterback on their 53-man roster, though they have Matt Barkley on their practice squad so they have two healthy arms to get them through practice while they decide on a direction.

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81 Responses to “Report: Bears “preparing for a lengthy absence” for Jay Cutler”
  1. vusnu says: Sep 20, 2016 10:59 AM

    Wow. Eagles have knocked out starting QB’s in both of their games this year with significant injuries.

  2. shaggytoodle says: Sep 20, 2016 11:00 AM

    By lengthy, Do they mean he will never be under center in that town again?

  3. thisonesforpat says: Sep 20, 2016 11:01 AM

    Can’t be long enough.

  4. cobrala2 says: Sep 20, 2016 11:01 AM

    Howie Roseman, you have a call holding on Line 1.

  5. 1964bclions says: Sep 20, 2016 11:01 AM

    Nice Photo… He looks like 15 miles of bad road.

  6. molly169 says: Sep 20, 2016 11:02 AM

    vusnu is Captain Obvious!

  7. cobrala2 says: Sep 20, 2016 11:02 AM

    Matt Barkley may be one of the only QB’s who could possibly turn the ball over more than Jay Cutler.

  8. footballfan825 says: Sep 20, 2016 11:02 AM

    I never like to see guys get hurt but Hoyer is a better Qb anyway..

  9. cobrala2 says: Sep 20, 2016 11:03 AM

    Brett Favre may have been able to throw it to the upper section of the stands in practice but Brian Hoyer almost made it to the stands during an actual game!

  10. blitzinc43 says: Sep 20, 2016 11:03 AM

    As a close friend of the organization, the same will happen to Wentz if he continues to get hit the way he has

  11. phkrames says: Sep 20, 2016 11:04 AM

    @vunsu This would be accurate except he hurt it in a game one against the Texans and the team made the boneheaded decision to let him play last night.

  12. cobrala2 says: Sep 20, 2016 11:04 AM

    IDK but have to assume there’s a spark of optimism in Chicago when they read, “Bears preparing for a lengthy absence from Jay Cutler”.

  13. boiler72 says: Sep 20, 2016 11:05 AM

    That game was so enjoyable. Couldn’t happen to a more deserving Chicago fan base of meatball mouths and crowbar-swinging tough guys who talk tough and then fall hard. Love it.

  14. xpensivewinos says: Sep 20, 2016 11:06 AM

    Can’t imagine Bears fans being too upset over this…..

  15. richiethegreek says: Sep 20, 2016 11:06 AM

    2 weeks. 2 QB’s down.

  16. myspaceyourface says: Sep 20, 2016 11:06 AM

    vusnu:

    As a Steelers fan, I sure hope the streak stops at 2

  17. cobrala2 says: Sep 20, 2016 11:06 AM

    IDK that anyone has ever damaged Chi-town’s love of the Bears like Jay Cutler.

  18. chicagosportsfan11 says: Sep 20, 2016 11:06 AM

    If the Bears would of drafted a QB they could play him and see what he has but NO we will get Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley as his back up.

    This Ryan Pace- John Fox marriage has shown nothing!

  19. streetyson says: Sep 20, 2016 11:06 AM

    Gee, NFL, all those recent years’ rule changes to protect the QB have had a big impact – literally – on the slew of injured QBs over that time.

  20. bears5683 says: Sep 20, 2016 11:07 AM

    2-14

  21. ee00ee says: Sep 20, 2016 11:07 AM

    On a personal level I feel bad for him.

    As a fan I have to say good riddance! The Bears will be better off without him. They’re going to struggle this year anyway so perhaps this will be the impetus to go out and get a real QB in the draft.

    Regarding the thumb causing him to throw the interception, what was the excuse for the bazilion he threw before in his career?

  22. QB Film Room says: Sep 20, 2016 11:07 AM

    Hoyer time. Dude its The Jim Schwartz D, he learned under Jeff Fisher and Gregg Williams. Why do you think Suh did all that dirty stuff? Because of Schwartz

  23. jjb0811 says: Sep 20, 2016 11:07 AM

    Lengthy as in he’s never shown up in the 3-4 years he’s been there. 1 playoff game I think. I do love his game face though, great snapshot.

  24. carloswlassiter says: Sep 20, 2016 11:08 AM

    Nonsense. Jay Cutler is a warrior.

  25. headwoundharry says: Sep 20, 2016 11:09 AM

    CUT CUTLER NOW!!!

  26. rexdarteskimospy says: Sep 20, 2016 11:09 AM

    vusnu said:

    “Wow. Eagles have knocked out starting QB’s in both of their games this year with significant injuries.”

    =================================

    Ben Roethlisberger better be aware of that for Sunday’s game, since his list of injuries is nearly as long as Jay Cutler’s.

  27. manipuraram says: Sep 20, 2016 11:10 AM

    Cutler blows.

  28. fballlvr22 says: Sep 20, 2016 11:10 AM

    The Bears ignored the QB position for years and tried using a bunch of band-aid backups instead of developing/grooming a QB to take Cutler’s spot. David Fales? Josh McCown? Brian Hoyer? What a joke of an organization. There is no long term situation for this team. A team like Philly gets a new coach and bring in 3 QB’s to “compete” for the starting spot and look they find a future/current star in Wentz and trade Bradford for a 1st rounder. The Bears have never brought in anyone to even compete with Cuter. What a joke. Terrible organization….

    -Bears fan who has given up all hope.

  29. Kelly's Chronicles says: Sep 20, 2016 11:11 AM

    With Cutler out their team has a chance to improve.

    Not kidding.

  30. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Sep 20, 2016 11:11 AM

    If it’s before FOREVER it’s to soon !

  31. widerightyouloseagain says: Sep 20, 2016 11:12 AM

    This could be the start of something good for the Bears, try somebody else, anybody.

    You know what you have with Cutler, he’s not going to take you where you want to go.

  32. 12444uggg says: Sep 20, 2016 11:12 AM

    The Bears might be the worst team in the NFL this year. Yikes.

  33. thegenghiskahn88 says: Sep 20, 2016 11:20 AM

    Cowboys should be 2-1 after next Sunday night, but they’ll sure either make it TOO interesting or just blow it altogether.

  34. frank booth says: Sep 20, 2016 11:20 AM

    Where did all of the expert commenters go that were telling us that Cutler was faking his inury? They must be writing their retractions. I thought it was cool that football “fans” thought they could actually make a diagnosis from TV or the internet.

  35. richndc says: Sep 20, 2016 11:23 AM

    She-gles fans are giddy! They have managed to defeat the two worst teams in the NFL and now believe their QB is all set for a 12 win season and playoff run. Stop me if you have heard this one before folks…….

  36. tremoluxman says: Sep 20, 2016 11:23 AM

    Well, that’s definitely two more wins in the Vikings column.

  37. officialgame says: Sep 20, 2016 11:24 AM

    Nice pic, Cutler wouldn’t be out of place living in a homeless shelter.

  38. bassplucker says: Sep 20, 2016 11:30 AM

    Translation: Bears career over.

    “With the 3rd pick in the 2017 NFL draft, the Chicago Bears select Deshone Kizer, Quarterback, Notre Dame.”

  39. usitait says: Sep 20, 2016 11:34 AM

    So glad Pace passed on Prescott to get Nick Kwiatkoski and Deon Bush….Deiondre’ Hall at least looks like a decent pick at this time

  40. nyneal says: Sep 20, 2016 11:38 AM

    Jay Cutler is this era’s version of Jeff George, a guy with all the tools to be one of the best QB’s ever, but never will come close for one reason or another.

  41. bullogne says: Sep 20, 2016 11:40 AM

    Bears going nowhere this season.
    Tank the rest of the season and draft a QB.
    Cutler is a lost cause and won’t get the Bears anywhere. Take any offer you can get for him asap.

  42. snaponrules says: Sep 20, 2016 11:42 AM

    I hope so, he deserves better than always being stuck behind a crap o-line and a team with zero defense.

    Fox pre-game.

    We are going to get off the bus running and lean on our defence.

    1’st half ends

    we have rushed the ball 4 times while the eagles with a rookie qb go on 13 play 8 minute drives. With literally all day to throw the ball.
    Cutler could be a top 5 QB if he could play against the bear no pressure cover zero defence.

    I am no Cutler lover but he is far from the biggest problem with this team which he proved last year. And the Fox/Pace did nothing to make any other part of this team better.

  43. MiamiDolphinsNation says: Sep 20, 2016 11:42 AM

    Jay could be the greatest “i don’t care” QB in NFL history.

  44. bears4life says: Sep 20, 2016 11:46 AM

    People are idiots. Hoyer better than Cutler? Please! He came in vs a prevent defense that knew they had the game in the bag. Everyone who doesnt understand football blames Cutler. How about the fact both tackles are getting beat every play! What QB is going to excel when 1 or both end rushers are coming right at them ever time he drops back? Excluding 5 games from J McCown what QB has even been able to pick up a 1st down for the Bears when Cutler has been out? Anyone remember the days of Rex Grossman, Kordell Stewart, Moses Moreno, Craig Krenzel, Jason Campbell, Jimmy Clausen, Henry Burris? I do and it was horrifying! Cutler has been the best QB the Bears have had since Sid Luckman. The problem is he’s barely had an O-line and WRs at the same time. When he has he has produced, but then we didn’t have a defense. Cutler isn’t Brady or Rodgers but when protected is in that 10-12th best QB range which is something the Bears have rarely ever experienced. Get a clue people and becareful what you wish for!

  45. shaggytoodle says: Sep 20, 2016 11:47 AM

    chicagosportsfan11 says:
    Sep 20, 2016 11:06 AM
    If the Bears would of drafted a QB they could play him
    This Ryan Pace- John Fox marriage has shown nothing!
    ____________

    As much as Bear fans hate to hear this phrase “you need more time” Much like a draft you need to give a coach and GM 3 seasons before you start grading them.

    They just started their second season, and still dealing with the previous regimes mess. While I feel they should have been more aggressive transitioning to players that Fox would be able to turn that defense around quicker with ( especially the 2015 draft, you still need to give them time, and if you cant do that, then don’t bother getting ridding of the previous group.

  46. mrnick66 says: Sep 20, 2016 11:48 AM

    cutler always looks like some one took a dump on his cornflakes

  47. natelan says: Sep 20, 2016 11:51 AM

    “Addition by subtraction”.

  48. jags2daship says: Sep 20, 2016 11:51 AM

    We will make your back up look like a pro bowler!

    Sincerely,
    The Jacksonville Jaguars

  49. nflgtcfl says: Sep 20, 2016 11:55 AM

    If i understand it right he is only 2 million dead cap space next year if he is cut.

    I would say this will be his last year in CHI. It will be something both parties will be happy with.

  50. granadafan says: Sep 20, 2016 11:56 AM

    This one play defined Hoyer. 4th and 1. Do the Bears do a quick slant for a yard? No. Hoyer takes the snap and doesn’t see receiver open. He scrambles, runs around, avoids a sack, throws up a jump ball in the end zone off his back foot.

    LOL

  51. finchy74 says: Sep 20, 2016 11:57 AM

    Send two #1 picks to the Vikings for Bradford.

  52. carloswlassiter says: Sep 20, 2016 12:08 PM

    Does that dude who posted above really think DeShone Kizer is an NFL QB?

  53. craigkintexas says: Sep 20, 2016 12:11 PM

    Chicago is such a warm welcoming place.

  54. ditkainyourbutkus says: Sep 20, 2016 12:12 PM

    this team has about 5 players good enough to be NFL starters. Time to tank and rebuild. Looking forward to the 2020 bears already….

  55. NFLisnotreality says: Sep 20, 2016 12:13 PM

    Daaa Bears…

  56. boss81hogg says: Sep 20, 2016 12:15 PM

    You all want Kirk Cousins? You can have him for a Hot Pocket.

  57. lingsun54 says: Sep 20, 2016 12:16 PM

    With Cutler out the Bears will have a QB that sucks. Wait.

  58. putthatkoolaiddown says: Sep 20, 2016 12:22 PM

    QB Film Room says:
    Sep 20, 2016 11:07 AM

    Hoyer time. Dude its The Jim Schwartz D, he learned under Jeff Fisher and Gregg Williams. Why do you think Suh did all that dirty stuff? Because of Schwartz
    ——
    Being a Lions fan, I have to agree. I had watched Schwartz’s defense in TN, and had high hopes for him as a HC. Clearly, that didn’t go so well. But he was successful in Tennessee, Buffalo, and now look at what is happening in Philly. There is no arguing that the man knows how to build and coach a truly nasty defense.

  59. purpleguy says: Sep 20, 2016 12:23 PM

    Welcome to the injured starter fan club Bears fans — although it will be interesting to see how many Bears fans are actually happy over this turn of events. For all his warts, Cutler is better than Hoyer.

  60. lambeaudungbarn says: Sep 20, 2016 12:26 PM

    Tough break Bears fans. I know a lot of you don’t like Cutler, but you do have to admit when he gets hot he is as good as anybody in the League. Problem is when he is Cold he is as BAD as the worst too…
    The Vikings will have a QB to trade next year, but that doesn’t help much..
    The Vikings would be the best deal; As a Fan I know how inept they are at picking QB talent, so they will keep the wrong one.
    But what the hell is going on with starting QB’s this year?
    I can smell another rule change to protect QB’s more..
    perhaps someone to hold their hand? lol

  61. chrisk61 says: Sep 20, 2016 12:30 PM

    richndc,

    yes eagles beat 2 bad teams. but buff and your wash redskins are worse than cleve and chic.

    wash lost 2 HOME GAMES. they are toast. cousins and DEEE shawn. what a lovely pair.

  62. lingsun54 says: Sep 20, 2016 12:37 PM

    In all fairness to Cutler, the Bears have one of the worst O-lines in football. Pro Football Focus rated them 30th. Cutler would probably be a lot better with a good O-line and a good running back.

  63. expatnyker says: Sep 20, 2016 12:48 PM

    Why is Noah Wyle wearing Cutler’s jersey? This the Bears, not E.R.

  64. stevejjones says: Sep 20, 2016 12:50 PM

    And Tebow is playing for the mets because he likes to pray and he respects law enforcement.

  65. irishmanknowsall says: Sep 20, 2016 1:00 PM

    No QB can take the beating Cutler takes week in, weak out. Line has to protect the guy. He’s not a bad QB at all. He gets a bad rap because his teammates don’t protect him. He needs a lot of help out there. Bears not off to a good start.

  66. pastabelly says: Sep 20, 2016 1:04 PM

    They should make an effort after the season to get Garoppolo and not just because he’s from Chicago. He has proven that he understands the NFL game and has been seasoned. College draft picks are risky, even those in the first round.

  67. 345snarkavenue says: Sep 20, 2016 1:05 PM

    if the thumb injury had been to Ben next game, he’d be carted off the field.

  68. immafubared says: Sep 20, 2016 1:20 PM

    Direction? Direction?
    1. Fire the coach
    2. Get some free agent help.
    3. Find a qb
    4. Think about next season.

  69. kabasaman says: Sep 20, 2016 1:51 PM

    I’ve been a bears fan my whole life. I’m not mad. I’m not sad. It’s way past that. I am totally apathetic . I hope Virginia and George are paying attention. Your husband and grandfather, respectively , is rolling in his grave. I’m beginning to think the Bears are Cursed.
    I almost seems like you couldn’t try, and be this bad.

  70. kabasaman says: Sep 20, 2016 1:52 PM

    I’ve been a bears fan my whole life. I’m not mad. I’m not sad. It’s way past that. I am totally apathetic . I hope Virginia and George are paying attention. Your father and grandfather, respectively , is rolling in his grave. I’m beginning to think the Bears are Cursed.
    I almost seems like you couldn’t try, and be this bad.

  71. sportsfan18 says: Sep 20, 2016 2:00 PM

    jjb0811 says:
    Sep 20, 2016 11:07 AM

    Lengthy as in he’s never shown up in the 3-4 years he’s been there. 1 playoff game I think. I do love his game face though, great snapshot.
    =====================================

    This is Cutler’s 8th season in Chicago.

  72. eoyguy says: Sep 20, 2016 2:28 PM

    Great picture, its the epitome of “Resting Cutler face”. As if all hope is lost, even before the first snap of the game.

  73. todoubled says: Sep 20, 2016 2:38 PM

    Bears should trade NOW for Garappolo and just be done with Cutler.

  74. 345snarkavenue says: Sep 20, 2016 2:43 PM

    Report: Bears “preparing for a lengthy absence” for Jay Cutler
    ——

    so they popped the champagne corks

  75. billmiller1991 says: Sep 20, 2016 2:43 PM

    phkrames says:
    Sep 20, 2016 11:04 AM
    @vunsu This would be accurate except he hurt it in a game one against the Texans and the team made the boneheaded decision to let him play last night.

    _________________________

    Right, and Fox also alluded to the break in 2011 as a factor. But this is pretty much par for the course with the Bears. This whole organization is a disaster magnet.

  76. hawksnorth says: Sep 20, 2016 2:51 PM

    Jay Cutler = Tin Man= NO HEART

  77. iowahbr says: Sep 20, 2016 3:32 PM

    Most Bears fan are hoping that the absence will be at least 15 weeks. The shame is that we are still paying him 20 million per year and all we want is a tank and a really high draft choice.

    At least we are making good progress on the tank!

  78. bbking0420 says: Sep 20, 2016 5:49 PM

    As a Bears fan I am at a loss for words. First we trade Brandon Marshall and then we lose Bennett and Forte. We got embarrassed on national TV and then we have another National TV game Sunday night something has to give. What is John Fox and Ryan pace thinking about? Chicago is way much of a tough and Blue Collar city to have to endure this. I much rather have a coach like Mike Singletary or Bill Cowher who are going to hold the players accountable. It would not surprise me to only see the Bears win 2 games this year.

  79. wnstonchill says: Sep 20, 2016 8:55 PM

    Here’s the truth about this moronically managed franchise known as the Chicago Bears. Until this team is sold and the McCaskey’s are completely out of the picture, nothing will change. I wasn’t against the hiring of Pace & Fox, however, I had my reservations when the McCaskey’s didn’t launch CEO, Ted Phillips. All of the debacles, poor hiring, ineptness etc. was happening on his watch and continues to. He’s so inept, the McCaskey’s had to hire a TEMPORARY advisor to find a GM to run this team. What the heck is that??
    Ted Phillips is nothing more than the McCaskey family pet & remains here through all of this turmoil, simply because of that. If the McCaskey family were truly serious about righting this ship after so much wrong, they would’ve put their personal relationship with Ted Phillips aside and stuck to business. As long as they continue to enable Phillips to remain that “fly in the ointment”, we’ll know first hand that they’re not truly serious about turning this thing around……

  80. iowahbr says: Sep 21, 2016 8:22 AM

    You need to remember that this is a business 1st for the McCaskey family and not a hobby as with so many other NFL owners. Until attendance slips it will stay the same. Can’t tell you how the bottom line is for them but certainly the Gould release was a bottom line move rather than a football one. Same with Forte.

    The Bears have become a Jets farm club.

  81. pittsburghdamned says: Sep 21, 2016 11:58 PM

    As evidenced by the crates of champagne delivered to the next team meeting.

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