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Surgery possible for Cutler

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08:00 AM ET 11.21 | Chicago, which had turned things around in recent weeks, now find themselves wondering, What's next? The Bears won their fifth game in a row Sunday but suffered their biggest loss of the season in the process. Quarterback Jay Cutler broke the thumb on his throwing hand, an injury expected to sideline him six to eight weeks, according to multiple sources. Surgery is an option, but the Bears have no immediate plans to place Cutler on injured reserve. The Bears are deciding whether to have a pin inserted to aid in the healing process for Cutler, who could return for a playoff run if the 7-3 team remains in the hunt with fourth-year pro Caleb Hanie in the starting role.

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November 21, 2011  08:02 AM ET

The Bad News Bears.

What's with all the QB injuries this season?

November 21, 2011  08:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The Bad News Bears.What's with all the QB injuries this season?

Not just qb's. Less training = more injuries.

November 21, 2011  08:12 AM ET

I don't think this was due to training....Gotta give the boy props, he helped prevent a TD after a pick and it looked like when he went to the ground after the block, his hand got run-over...Hard to tell even from the replay, but that's what it looked like.

November 21, 2011  08:13 AM ET

Caleb Hanie?

November 21, 2011  08:19 AM ET

Great. This is what happens when Cutler is forced to a position he was never meant for, playing defense and tackling players. It just figures. The Bears are screwed

November 21, 2011  08:22 AM ET

What retread QB can they pick up? They will be limping all the way to the 6th seed

November 21, 2011  08:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

What retread QB can they pick up? They will be limping all the way to the 6th seed

Brett?

November 21, 2011  08:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Brett?

No...you didn't!!!

November 21, 2011  08:45 AM ET

If he wouldn't have went after the guy who Intercepted him, people would have jumped all over him. Good Job on stopping that from being a touchdown. What does he win? 6 weeks off. Hopefully, he'll be back if they make the playoffs.

November 21, 2011  08:50 AM ET

I fell asleep during this game.... Woke up just in time to catch Cutler throwing another hissy fit on the sidelines.

November 21, 2011  08:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Caleb Hanie?

He did OK in the playoff game against the Packers last year. OK, but not good enough to pull it out.

Here's his chance in the spotlight. He could win a starting job in the NFL. Or at McDonalds.

November 21, 2011  08:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

He did OK in the playoff game against the Packers last year. OK, but not good enough to pull it out.Here's his chance in the spotlight. He could win a starting job in the NFL. Or at McDonalds.

Ah, I see... the guy that came in when Jay went down in the playoffs... He did do a good job.

November 21, 2011  08:58 AM ET

It's really a shame, Da Bears were on a roll, Time for Hanie to step up

November 21, 2011  08:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

No...you didn't!!!

Hey we haven't had a Favre thread in weeks. Give the interns a break man they still got a ton of them that they are waiting to use

November 21, 2011  09:04 AM ET

there is just so much wrong with that picture....

November 21, 2011  09:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Great. This is what happens when Cutler is forced to a position he was never meant for, playing defense and tackling players. It just figures. The Bears are screwed

well, the defense does get all the attention in chicago. can you blame him for wanting a piece of it?

November 21, 2011  09:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

He did OK in the playoff game against the Packers last year. OK, but not good enough to pull it out.Here's his chance in the spotlight. He could win a starting job in the NFL. Or at McDonalds.

he can manage it. he's better than some of the other starting qbs that the bears have had over the years. and martz, who has been a pretty big critic of his, decided that he could be ok with him earlier in the season. plus they are playing the next three against the afc west. it may not be as bad as people think. or at least, that's what I'm choosing to tell myself.

November 21, 2011  09:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

he can manage it. he's better than some of the other starting qbs that the bears have had over the years. and martz, who has been a pretty big critic of his, decided that he could be ok with him earlier in the season. plus they are playing the next three against the afc west. it may not be as bad as people think. or at least, that's what I'm choosing to tell myself.

and cutler could be back by playoff time....

November 21, 2011  10:06 AM ET

Muwahahahaahhaahhaaa

 
November 21, 2011  10:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#20):

Muwahahahaahhaahhaaa

This shall pass...

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