ESPN reported late Monday that Jay Cutler‘s strained hamstring injury could keep the quarterback out of action for the next two weeks. This came just hours after Bears head coach John Fox called Cutler’s injury “not real severe” and wouldn’t rule him out of Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks.
Whether or not Cutler was able to play against Seattle is almost irrelevant, as I don’t think his presence would have helped a struggling Bears team beat one of the top teams in the league (albeit an 0-2 one) in perhaps the toughest venue for a road team in the NFL.
Although not officially named the starter just yet, backup Jimmy Clausen likely will take the reigns of the Bears offense this week. Backup quarterbacks are much more likely to fail after being thrust into game action without any preparation in the week of practice that preceded that game. But what we saw from Clausen against the Cardinals isn’t exactly calming Bears fans’ nerves, and I’m not sure any amount of practice reps will help him against the Seahawks.