The Bears seemed to signal that quarterback Jay Cutler will be laid up by a right shoulder injury for at least this week when they signed David Fales to their active roster this week, but coach John Fox isn’t ready to admit that.
Fox said “not in my mind” when asked whether the Bears have ruled Cutler out for Sunday’s game against the Titans. There was an NFL Network report on Tuesday that Cutler was set for a second opinion on his shoulder after an initial diagnosis of a torn labrum that would keep him from playing in the team’s six remaining games.
“It’s not season-ending, contrary to the reports you hear,” Fox said on Wednesday.
Fox has never been particularly forthcoming about injury outlooks and there’s been more than one case in his tenure of a player deemed day-to-day for many days before landing on injured reserve. That doesn’t mean that Cutler is headed for the same fate, but he didn’t practice on Wednesday and the Bears have certainly proceeded like they expect to need two other quarterbacks this weekend.