Chicago Bears: 5 Players Who Must Step Up in Jay Cutler's Absence

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Chicago Bears: 5 Players Who Must Step Up in Jay Cutler's Absence
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The Jay Cutler thumb injury was a huge loss for the Bears and could quite possibly end the Bears' playoff chances.  

Quarterback play is what takes teams to that next level, and Cutler finally has the look of a star in the league. This injury is a big setback for an aging defense and a gun-slinging offensive coordinator.  

Here are five players who must step up in order for the Bears to make the playoffs in the wake of the painful loss.

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