Cutler To Have Surgery, Could Return Before Playoffs

(CBS) Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will have surgery on his broken right thumb and the team is hopeful he will return before the end of the regular season.

The Bears confirmed the injury Monday and said the quarterback would indeed need surgery, although they did not say when the procedure would occur.

“We’re not the first team to lose their starting quarterback,” Bears coach Lovie Smith said at a news conference at Halas Hall on Monday. “He’s having surgery, he’ll be back this year.”

Cutler broke the thumb in Sunday’s 31-20 win over the San Diego Chargers while attempting to shed a block after an interception.

The Bears will move forward with Caleb Hanie as their starting quarterback, but Smith said they will look to add a veteran backup quarterback to the roster.

“Hanie is the starting quarterback and our football team feels comfortable with him leading us,” Smith said.

Hanie’s last significant playing time came in last season’s NFC Championship Game when he nearly led the Bears to a stunning fourth quarter comeback before throwing an interception that was returned by the Packers for a touchdown.

Smith said the Bears will rely on their running game and defense more with Cutler out of the lineup.

“We are losing and we are going to miss a great player for a period of time,” Smith said.

Still, the head coach insisted Cutler’s injury is not season-ending.

“We feel good about the surgery and we plan on having him back at the end of the regular season.”

  • Tim

    Diabetics dont heal that fast.

  • Cameltoe Rancher

    But he’s got da fire & da passion!!!

  • HaHaHaHa

    Cutler is done! Packers Rule!!!

    • Shawn

      It’s never Ha Ha Ha when someone gets hurt. Come on, you should be ashamed of yourself! Jerk!

      • Denver Deadite

        For having a lot of likeable guys on the team, the Packers still have one of the least likable fan bases.

  • Meatless Meatball

    You’re a clown for two reasons:
    1) Laughing at someone else’s misfortune, and more importantly,
    2) For giving into that absurd Packers Hate Bears / Bears Hate Packers nonsense. News flash: no one CARES about that stupid rivalry anymore! You want a real rivalry? Look at the Bears and the Lions, two teams that seriously do not like each other. But don’t look too hard at it; as soon as either Jim Schwartz or Lovie Smith is gone, the teams’ personalities will change. That’s the nature of the modern-day NFL. Welcome to the 21st Century.

  • Matt Brooks

    Couldn’t agree more, meatless. I actually find the Packers to be a likeable bunch, and I admire the hell out of what they’ve put together as an organization. It highlights the gravity of good drafting.

  • asdf

    The Bears should sign Brett Favre for the rest of the season.

  • Kathie

    Not a Haha moment. I am a Packer fan and I am not happy to see anyone get hurt. Also, I cheer for the Bears when we aren’t playing them. I like to see someone from our division rise to the top, if it can’t be the Packers. So, the collective bash on the “least likeable fan base” is probably somewhat out of frustration and jealousy—and… you’re forgiven! :)

  • Joeybags68

    No matter what happens to Cutler, the Bears and Chicago’s sports curse legend lives on!!
    Plays too poor baseball——trade him—– All-star for other team. Bye bye
    Plays too good football——don’t pay him——-he go bye bye
    Plays too good hockey——–grenade the locker room——–bye bye
    Cubs almost win——-Bartman——–Bye bye

  • Joeybags68


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