As reported by multiple outlets, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler suffered a broken thumb on his throwing hand in Sunday’s game against the Chargers and the outlook doesn’t look so good. Speculation is that he broke it while trying to stop the Chargers from returning the interception he threw when Johnny Knox slipped and fell to the ground.
Early indications are that Cutler could miss 6-8 weeks, which means he could be back for the playoffs only if backup Caleb Hanie can keep the Bears afloat. Further testing will be done on Monday.
In a matter of a couple hours, the outlook for the Bears season has gone from promising to bleak. They were looking like a Top-4 NFC team and one of the last remaining road blocks to the Packers achieving a perfect season. Not to rain on Hanie’s moment to shine, but if the Bears have to rely on him the rest of the season, they might miss the playoffs altogether.