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Chicago Bears quarterback Matt Blanchard (4) scrambles during second half preseasNFL football game against San Diego Chargers Thursday Aug. 15

Chicago Bears quarterback Matt Blanchard (4) scrambles during the second half of the preseason NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) ORG XMIT: CXA

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Updated: September 18, 2013 6:16AM



The Bears’ search for another quarterback after losing third-stringer Matt Blanchard with a fractured knuckle on his left, non-throwing hand didn’t last too long.

Jordan Palmer is expected to sign with the Bears. As always, the deal is pending a physical with the Bears.

“Off to Chicago. What a crazy business,” Palmer, the younger brother of Arizona Cardinals quarterback ­Carson Palmer, said Friday on Twitter.

The Bears worked out former No. 1 overall pick Jamarcus Russell, Trent Edwards and Palmer this offseason. The Bears garnered plenty of headlines for it because of Russell, but it was the team doing its due diligence on quarterbacks should they need one in case of injury.

And that injury has happened.

The Bears have been very optimistic about the development of Blanchard, a Lake Zurich native. Coach Marc Trestman, in particular, thought he was handling his West Coast offense very well.

Blanchard’s progress did have the Bears considering keeping three quarterbacks on their 53-man roster with Jay Cutler and backup Josh McCown. Blanchard’s injury, depending on how long he’s out, should allow another player to make the team.

Palmer, 29, is needed to help the Bears finish the preseason. He’s played for the Cincinnati Bengals and Jacksonville Jaguars.

Blanchard saw only four snaps in the Bears’ 33-28 victory against the San Diego Chargers. McCown took over for him, getting a team-high 37 snaps.

“Once Matt went down, we really limited what we were going to do offensively,” Trestman said. “We were going to run the football, try to use as much clock as we could [and] try to keep Josh as safe as we could.”



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