Bears’ Jay Cutler Not Done For Season?

Jay Cutler has a torn labrum in his shoulder that will rule him out for the season. Unless he doesn’t. Speaking to reporters today, coach John Fox indicated that Cutler’s injury is not a season-ender, as Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune tweets. Fox referred to the injury as a “day-to-day” situation. Jay Cutler (vertical)

Yesterday’s report on Cutler’s injury noted that the quarterback would seek a second opinion on his shoulder, which left the door open to a more favorable diagnosis. It sounds like Cutler got the good news he was looking for. The veteran quarterback won’t be playing to put the 2-8 Bears in playoff contention, but he could strengthen his case as he nears free agency. It seems unlikely that Chicago will welcome him back in 2017, so a strong finish to the year will be crucial for Cutler’s market.

This year, Cutler has a 59.1% completion percentage with a weak 4-to-5 touchdown/interception ratio. Still, he’s not far removed from a solid 2014 campaign and plenty of QB-needy teams would roll the dice on Cutler if he can show some signs of life this winter.

If Cutler does miss some time, Matt Barkley will start with the newly-(re)acquired David Fales as the No. 2.

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