Final Thoughts: Injuries and rough night plague the Bears

Final Thoughts: Injuries and rough night plague the Bears
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 19: Quarterback Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears fumbles the football against Destiny Vaeao #97 of the Philadelphia Eagles in the second half at Soldier Field on September 19, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Monday night could have been Jay Cutler’s last game for the Bears. Lamarr Houston very well may be on his way out of town after this season. Eddie Goldman and Danny Trevathan are likely to be out for an extended period of time.

Those are just some of the thoughts and concerns the Bears are dealing with after a brutal 29-14 loss to the visiting Philadelphia Eagles on primetime. Add in the fact that safety Adrian Amos and slot corner Bryce Callahan each suffered concussions and the Bears are looking thinner and more beat up by the second.

For Cutler, the Sun-Times’ Adam Jahns reported that Cutler first suffered ligament damage in his right thumb in Week 1 against Houston. The Bears are calling it a sprained thumb and he isn’t going to have surgery just yet. Either way, his status for this season and moving forward is gloomy.

Credit Cutler for taking himself out of the game after it was apparent his throws were off, whether in the dirt or simply underthrown. Should he have done it earlier? Possibly, but he was trying to see how he could do.

Brian Hoyer came in and did a couple of things well, but the Bears’ offense as a whole is dysfunctional. The offensive line is still not gelling and outside of jump balls to Alshon Jeffery, the passing game is almost not existent.

Then moving into the backfield, Jeremy Langford has underwhelmed through two weeks as an ugly fumble really turned Monday night into a disappointment. Rookie Jordan Howard totaled 22 yards on three carries while Langford had 11 runs for 28 yards and a score.

At 0-2, the Bears’ offense needs a powerful back and Howard is that guy. Ka’Deem Carey will earn more reps as well, but there’s no reason why Howard shouldn’t be given the rock more often than not. He looked physical and is a legitimate downhill runner.

Whether it’s Cutler’s last season in Chicago depending on his return to full health, the Bears are in a bad place offensively. The gameplans have been conservative, to say the least and first-year offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains just hasn’t been able to get it together.

Cutler was bad on Monday night, but like I’ve said in the past he isn’t the biggest problem on this offense or on this team whether it’s a player or a coach.

Injuries on defense

Houston suffered the worst injury of any Bears’ player with a torn left ACL, per ESPN Insider Adam Caplan. He went down with a torn ACL in 2014. Houston will be 30 next year and due $5.95 million in base salary.

With first rounder Leonard Floyd, veterans Willie Young, Pernell McPhee and Sam Acho on the roster, it is hard to see why the Bears would bring back Houston after yet another devastating injury. The outside linebacker spot was a huge strength heading into the season, but now it’s lacking much firepower.

Goldman dealt with a right ankle injury late last season which cost him the finale in Detroit. On Monday night, he was carted off due to a high left ankle sprain, per Tribune’s Rich Campbell. His sources tell him that the Bears are hoping Goldman is only out four weeks.

As for Trevathan, the big off-season signing at inside linebacker, he has to undergo thumb surgery. This doesn’t mean his season is over since many defensive players sport hand casts and are able to play, but Trevathan will be out for the foreseeable future. Jonathan Anderson should take his spot in the lineup with John Timu getting the call-up from the practice squad.

The other two injuries are to Amos and Callahan, who are both starter, are now in concussion protocol. Special teamers Chris Prosinski and Sherrick McManis took over for them against Philadelphia in the second half. Neither guy is capable of being a solid starter, that is apparent. Hopefully, rookie Deon Bush can earn time there and practice squad corner Cre’von LeBlanc gets a shot in the slot.

Final thought

I’ve said all this without even mentioning much of the game. With low expectations from media members and outsiders for this Bears’ team, it’s starting to look like one of those years. I always tend to find the positives in most situations and after a 6-10 season in 2015 where John Fox kept the Bears relatively competitive, it’s looking ugly thus far.

The Year 2 jump under Fox happened in Carolina and Denver, but it’s clearly not transpiring with the Bears. The lack of depth and youth is all-around and the Bears may not admit it, but they are in rebuilding mode.

Sunday night in Dallas will be yet another test to see if these Bears can do anything at all on primetime. If they can’t, they’ll continue to be a laughing stock around the league much like the Los Angeles Rams or Cleveland Browns.

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