Jay Cutler Avoids Serious Injury, But His Status For Week 3 Is Unknown

Jay Cutler Avoids Serious Injury, But His Status For Week 3 Is Unknown
Quarterbacks Jay Cutler and Jimmy Clausen take the field for the Week 2 game against the Cardinals at Soldier Field (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune)

Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler appears to have avoided serious injury. At least for now.

After going under an MRI on Monday and a series of tests that head coach John Fox said he wouldn’t get into, it was revealed that Cutler suffered a strained hamstring from Sunday’s 48-23 loss to Arizona.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported later Monday that Cutler will miss at least two weeks due to his injury.

Although Fox wouldn’t say who will be the starter come Sunday’s Week 3 meeting with Seattle, he did reiterate that “anytime it’s not really severe, it’s good news” regarding Cutler’s hamstring injury. Jimmy Clausen will be the starter until further notice.

The injury came with under three minutes remaining in the first half. Cutler went to make a tackle on an ugly interception (video can be seen here).

Cardinals safety Tony Jefferson beat Cutler’s tackle and went into the endzone for a 26-yard touchdown return. Cutler immediately got up and went to the locker room with the team’s trainers.

Fox informed the media after the half that it was indeed a hamstring injury as it appeared it could have been something more. Cutler went down hard on his shoulder and head, so for the Bears they should feel lucky it was nothing more.

Cutler was at Halas Hall on Monday with his teammates, according to Fox while the first-year Bears coach said the team hasn’t decide whether or not they’ll add another quarterback this week.

Remember, the Bears have second-year practice squad quarterback David Fales, who could see some playing time this season with Clausen likely not in the future plans.

Prior to the injury, Cutler was a perfect 8-of-8 with 120 passing yards and 24 rushing yards on three carries.

Adam Gase was using him effectively on read option calls and he looked comfortable leading the Bears down the field on two touchdown drives. The interception ended up as his lone incompletion on the day.

We will know more about the situation on Wednesday when the Bears have to send out their official injury report.

For now consider Cutler out for at least two weeks much like Schefter reported. The Bears don’t have their bye week until Week 7, so things could get even uglier with Clausen under center.

With both teams sitting at 0-2 it will be a battle and the Bears need Cutler back badly after how poorly Clausen looked in spot duty.

Glaring stat of the day

The Bears recorded 11 first downs with Cutler on only four drives and just seven with Clausen on nine drives following Cutler’s game-ending injury late in the second quarter.

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