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Cutler Breaks Thumb

November 21, 2011 by staff 

Cutler Breaks Thumb, The quarterbacks didn’t want to make it into their duel but that’s what Sunday’s meeting at Soldier Field came down to — Jay Cutler and Philip Rivers squaring off in a showdown of gunslingers.

After the Bears prevailed 31-20 over Cutler’s former rival in the AFC West, they are fully focused on what the franchise’s future could look like without the franchise quarterback. A team that has been blessed with terrific health since the start of 2010 is reeling as Cutler suffered a broken thumb on his right throwing hand at the end of an interception midway through the fourth quarter.

Cutler was blocked to the ground by linebacker Donald Butler and landed on his right hand after hustling more than 50 yards downfield on Antoine Cason’s interception. There is fear he could miss significant time — perhaps the remainder of the regular season — which would lead the Bears to Caleb Hanie, who has thrown 14 regular-season passes and had a rally come up short against the Packers in the NFC championship game last season.

Officially, the Bears said nothing about Cutler’s injury Sunday night, but he’s likely to miss six to eight weeks.

Without the Pro Bowl wide receiver and tight end that were on the other sideline, the Bears proved they can pack as much firepower. Cutler outmatched Rivers, helping propel the Bears to 7-3 with their fifth straight victory, keeping pace with the Lions for the top wild-card spot in the NFC.

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