Cutler is injured and declining
For the seventh time in eight years, the Chicago Bears find themselves without starting quarterback Jay Cutler. Since 2010, he’s missed a total of 15 total games due to injury.
As we all know, the older a player gets, the harder it becomes to rebound from bangs and bruises. It’s even harder when you’re a quarterback that is subject to an imposing pass rush.
During Monday Night Football, Cutler suffered an injury to his throwing hand while trying to hold off Eagles defensive tackle Destiny Vacao. The play resulted in a strip sack and a 2-3 week ride on the bench for Chicago’s franchise quarterback.
Though he played two more series after the initial hit, every time he gripped the ball, Cutler’s game was affected.
At 33 years old, and with a history like his, a Cutler rebound may be harder than one would think. Recent reports have suggested that surgery may not be necessary, but as the dust settles on his injury, nor is it completely off the table. If that’s the case, Cutler could be lost for the season. On that note, the team may be searching for his replacement.
Beyond casting their luck in the draft, the Bears don’t have many better options than dealing for New England’s ever-improving backup.
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