Chicago Bears fans are distraught on Monday following their team's tough 45-41 loss to the Washington Redskins in Week 7. Now, injury has been added to insult with news that quarterback Jay Cutler is expected to miss at least four weeks with a torn groin muscle, according to the team's official Twitter account:
LM: #Bears QB Jay Cutler out at least 4 weeks with torn groin muscle. LB Lance Briggs out 6 weeks with small fracture in shoulder.— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) October 21, 2013
Patrick Finley of ESPN had more information on the timetable for Cutler's return:
Trestman on Cutler injury: "Four weeks is a reasonable start, and then it would be week-to-week."— patrick finley (@patrickfinley) October 21, 2013
Cutler was forced to leave during the second quarter of Sunday's matchup following a sack by Redskins nose tackle Chris Baker. The sack didn't look particularly violent, but Cutler moved gingerly afterward.
He slowly made his way off the field, and didn't return for the remainder of the game.
Backup Josh McCown performed admirably in relief of Cutler as he threw for 201 yards and one touchdown. McCown also rushed for 33 yards, and he very nearly led the Bears to victory.
Will the Bears make the playoffs this season?
Chicago has a timely bye on the horizon in Week 8, but all signs point to McCown being the starter when the Bears resume play in Week 9.
There is never a good time to lose a starting signal-caller of Cutler's caliber, but the timing is particularly bad for Chicago. It will face the division-rival Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field in a pivotal Monday Night Football clash in two weeks. Then, in Week 10, Chicago will face another divisional opponent when it hosts the Detroit Lions.
The Bears have dropped three of their past four after a 3-0 start, and they are now tied with the Lions for second in the NFC North. They are just a half-game behind the 4-2 Packers, but it will be tough to make up ground without Cutler.
Cutler missed the final six games of the 2011 season due to injury, and the Bears ended up missing the playoffs that year despite a 7-3 start.
Although Cutler is expected to be back at some point during the regular season this year, there is no question that Chicago will be playing at a disadvantage until he returns to action.
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