11.21.2011

Bears Cutler To Have Thumb Surgery

Just when the Chicago Bears were starting to play their best football of the season,  they lose quarterback Jay Cutler for the season. Cutler broke his thumb on his throwing hand during the Bears 31-20 win over San Diego Sunday. Cutler is expected to undergo surgery on the injured thumb in the near future.

This is devastating news for the Bears (7-3), who were expected to be one of the teams competing for a playoff spot at the end of the season. Caleb Hanie will take over the team's starting role. Hanie, a four year veteran hasn't taken a snap this season, but did see limited action last season for the Bears. When Cutler injured a knee in the NFC title game last year against the Green Bay Packers, Hanie filled in and went 13-of-20 for 153 yards a touchdown and two interceptions in the loss.

It's time for Bears running back Matt Forte to carry the load the rest of the way. If the Bears can maintain its running game with Forte, Hanie should be able to manage the game enough to allow the Bears to have success. If the running game suffers as a result of Cutler's injury, it could put an end to the Bears hopes of returning to the playoffs this season.

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