In news that Chicago Bears‘ fans have been dreading, Jay Cutler is going to be out for at least four weeks with a tear in his groin. Anybody who saw the injury take place on the field, could see that it really hurt Cutler. He was barely able to get off the field under his own power and it was really just a question of how bad the injury was. The Bears were said to have been prepping for the worst, so this diagnosis comes as a bit of a surprise.
Cutler is a lot tougher than he gets credit for, but there’s not a lot you can do with a torn groin muscle. It’s an injury that needs time to heal and one that can easily reoccur if the player rushes back.
The good news for the Bears is that Josh McCown played well in relief on Sunday. He went 14 for 20 and didn’t turn the ball over. He did what a backup is supposed to do and kept his team in the game.
But as bad as the loss of Cutler hurts, it’s the Chicago defense that should really be worrying fans. Lance Briggs is also set to miss at least a month with a shoulder injury and the unit is giving up more yards and points than it has in years. The bye in week eight is about the best thing this Bears’ team has going for it right now, as it will give everyone a chance to regroup. Can the Bears survive the loss of Cutler? Yes. But only if the defense tightens things up and McCown continues to take care of the ball.