The Chicago Tribune is reporting that Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler suffered a broken thumb on his throwing hand during the Bears 31-20 victory over the Chargers on Sunday.
Tribune reporter Vaughn McClure cited a source who said details are unclear but that the team is preparing to move forward without the QB “for a while.”
Via Tribune report:
"Cutler suffered the injury while helping to prevent a Chargers’ touchdown on an interception return by San Diego's Antoine Cason (in the 4th quarter). He played the rest of the game and completed 18 of 31 passes for 286 yards and two touchdowns, with an interception."
However, it is possible the injury occurred much earlier.
A few outlets are suggesting that the injury could require surgery; however, nothing official has come from the team as of the date/time of this report.
Despite the initially bleak feeling, Bears fans shouldn’t be jumping off cliffs just yet. Pittsburg QB Ben Roethlisberger suffered a broken thumb on his throwing hand in 2005 and led the Steelers to a Super Bowl victory. Roethlisberger again suffered a similar injury last week and is currently preparing to play in Week-12.
Comparing injuries without facts is nothing more than hopeful pandering, though. We’ll have more details as they are learned.
UPDATE: Vaughn McClure, who's been on top of the Cutler story, now citing sources suggesting Cutler could miss six to eight weeks.
Sidenote: I'm not questioning the fine reporting of McClure by any stretch, just keep in mind that those reports are educated guesses. There is no timetable. The extent of the injury, the procedures involved and the recovery will all dictate Jay's return.
To put things in perspective, when Gabe Carimi first was diagnosed with his dislocated knee, the Trib reported he may miss two weeks. That was two months ago and his season is now over.
UPDATE: Bears head coach Lovie Smith confirmed the news of the break to WBBM radio Monday morning.
UPDATE: The Chicago Bears have now confirmed that Jay Cutler will have surgery on his right thumb this week. They are hopeful he will be able to return before the end of the regular season. The team is preparring to move forward with Caleb Hanie.