Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler was forced out of the Bears’ 45-41 loss at Washington on Sunday with an injury. On Monday it was reported that Cutler will join an increasingly long list of stars who will miss extended time. According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, Cutler will be out at least four weeks after suffering a torn groin muscle.
Cutler is in the final year of his contract with the Bears, meaning a full, healthy and productive season would have presumably netted him a long-term, multi-million dollar deal. His 91.7 QB rating is well above his career mark of 84.6 He has thrown for 1,658 yards, 12 touchdowns and seven interceptions through the Bears’ first seven games.
Against Washington, Cutler was replaced by Josh McCown. The backup completed 14-of-20 passes for 204 yards with one touchdown pass and zero interceptions.
No word yet on whether McCown will be given the job full-time until Cutler returns or if Chicago will bring in a few passers for tryouts. Vince Young and, of course, Tim Tebow are two popular free agents whose names keep popping up for teams in need.
Cutler joins Sam Bradford and Reggie Wayne as big-name players to succumb to injuries in Week 7 of the 2013 season. Both the Rams signal-caller and Colts wideout suffered torn ACLs.