Bears QB Jay Cutler out at least 4 weeks
BY ADAM L. JAHNS and PATRICK FINLEY Staff Reporters October 21, 2013 12:31PM
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is sacked by Washington Redskins defensive end Chris Baker during the first half of a NFL football game in Landover, Md., Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013. Cutler was injured in the play. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Updated: October 21, 2013 5:31PM
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will be out at least four weeks with a muscle tear in his groin, the team announced on Monday.
The Cutler news came just after the Bears announced that linebacker Lance Briggs would be lost for about six weeks with a left shoulder fracture.
“They’re significant [injuries],” Bears coach Marc Trestman said. “But the positive thing is, they’re not out for the season. They’re not done.”
Cutler left Sunday’s game after being sacked by the Redskins’ Chris Baker in the second quarter. Baker tumbled to the ground, and Cutler rolled over him.
After two minutes on the ground, Cutler stood up and walked off gingerly with his left hand on his left hip.
Cutler remained in the locker room through halftime.
“He got grabbed and turned over and he just said he felt something pop,” Trestman said. “I’m encouraged by the prognosis, that he’ll be back. This bye couldn’t come at a better time.”
He said “four weeks is a reasonable start — and then it would be week to week.”
Backup Josh McCown took over for Cutler in the game and played well, throwing for 204 yards and a touchdown in the 45-41 loss to the Redskins.
“Obviously, it’s an uphill battle,” McCown said. “You lose a leader like Jay, a leader like Lance, it’s a blow to your team.
“Jay is a heck of a player. He was playing at a really good level, a really high level. Especially in this league where the quarterback drives the ship, I don’t know if you’re ever ready to handle losing your starting quarterback.”
In the meantime, the Bears are looking to sign quarterback Jordan Palmer to backup McCown.
“But I think the structure is in place and the emphasis has been put on individuals to their job and do their part,” McCown said. “If we continue to get that and we felt like we got that [Sunday], it allows the quarterback to step in there, whether it’s Jay or myself and function and play, because guys are going to be coached to be where they’re supposed to be and do what they’re supposed to do.
“It’s going to look different. Our skill-sets are different. Every guy in America wishes he could throw the ball like Jay Cutler. He has big-play capabilities because of his arm and things that he does and just as a leader too. So the bar was set high by Jay. I’m thankful to get the opportunity to be here. You never want it under these circumstances, but to be able to step in for him, I respect the heck out of him and it’s a honor to be able to play in his place. And hopefully, I can keep us going and keep us in good position so that when he does come back we’re in the hunt.”