With his sprained thumb, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is expected to be sidelined for two or three weeks, a source tells Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter). The exact timeline will depend on how he heals over the next three days.
Cutler hurt this thumb in the Bears’ season opener against the Texans. He played through the pain in Week 2 against the Eagles, but he wound up making the problem worse. Now, the Bears will use Brian Hoyer under center under Cutler is ready to take the field again.
It will be interesting to see how Cutler’s injury impacts his future in Chicago. The signal caller is set to count for $16MM against the Bears cap in 2017 but the team could release him and be on the hook for just $2MM in dead money. If the Bears do not get a chance to fully evaluate Cutler this year, he may actually be likelier to remain in Chicago next year, Jason Cole of Bleacher Report posits. Of course, that might not be the preferred outcome for Bears fans.
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