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Bad news for Bears, Cutler

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Bad news for Bears, Cutler

CREATED Nov 21, 2011

The Chicago Bears are on a roll. Winners of five straight after a 31-20 win over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, the Bears improved to 7-3 on the season, good for second in the NFC North. If the playoffs were to begin today, the Bears would be in as a wild card team in the NFC.

Insert lightning strike here.

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that quarterback Jay Cutler suffered a broken thumb on his throwing hand during the game and will miss 6-8 weeks. At minimum, that would wipe out the remainder of the regular season and potentially one or two playoff games.

Cutler may have suffered the injury in an attempt to tackle the Chargers Antoine Cason after throwing an interception. Neither Cutler, nor Head Coach Lovie Smith referenced the injury during the post-game interviews.

Over the last five games, Cutler has thrown for 1,110 yards, 7 TD's, and 3 interceptions while posting a passer rating of 87.7. Running back Matt Forte continues to carry the load on offense for the Bears, but Cutler's play of late has been solid and at times, outstanding. Backup Caleb Hanie (you might remember him from last year's NFC championship game) will get the start this weekend against the Oakland Raiders.