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Bears Lose Cutler, Briggs For At Least 4 Weeks

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Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images.
Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images.

The Chicago Bears have lost three of the last four games, and getting some notches in the win column might be a bit more difficult to come by now that QB Jay Cutler and LB Lance Briggs will be out of action for the next couple of weeks.

Cutler has a torn groin, and he’ll be out for at least the next four weeks, which would put his return sometime after Week 11. However, there are no guarantees he even hits that mark, and there’s a good chance that he’ll be out for longer than that.

Josh McCown took over for Cutler yesterday after he was pulled from their matchup against Washington, and he actually played pretty well in Cutler’s place. He threw for 204 yards and a touchdown on 14-of-20 passing attempts, and he added another 33 yards on the ground on four rushing attempts. He’ll be the starter for Chicago for the foreseeable future.

Joining Cutler on the sidelines will be LB Lance Briggs, who is out for 4-6 weeks with a shoulder injury. His injury was initially deemed to be minor, but a fracture in his shoulder was discovered after doctors tested him further. The silver lining is that he won’t have to undergo surgery, and he’ll be able to return after resting and rehabbing his shoulder. The Bears defense has already been ravaged several times this season, and his loss will significantly hinder any chances of them returning to form.