It all started out so well for Jay Cutler during Sunday's 48-23 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
The much-maligned Bears quarterback was executing new offensive coordinator Adam Gase's offense to perfection against a Top 10 Cardinals defense with multiple Pro Bowlers.
Each time Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer put points on the scoreboard, Cutler would answer right back.
Cutler was a perfect 8-for-8 with 120 yards and a touchdown, including his best impression of Seattle Seahawks signal-caller Russell Wilson with three carries for 24 yards running the zone-read option for the first time in his Bears career.
After Palmer put the Cardinals back up in front midway through the second quarter, Cutler looked poised to continue his scorching hot start in front of the home crowd at Soldier Field.
Then disaster struck in a big way.
Late in the first half Cutler threw his first incomplete pass of the game which landed in the hands of Cardinals defensive back Tony Jefferson, who returned the pass 26 yards for a touchdown. It appeared that Cutler had tight end Martellus Bennett open on the play, but what Bears head coach John Fox called a "sight adjustment" resulted in Cutler's second costly turnover in as many games.
"I may feel something that Jay sees different on a play," Bennett said. "So I felt a guy coming outside. It's a jerk route so when I sit down, I could give a double move and usually I clap when I'm ready for the ball, but it's a jerk route so it could go either way. Those are plays that we need to make and we make all the time. We've run those routes so many times so we just have to make sure we make those plays."
The result of the interception pales in comparison to the long-term effect it may have on the 0-2 Bears.
While trying to make the tackle, Cutler appeared to have landed awkwardly and injure himself.
"I was right behind it and Jay sold out trying to get him out of bounds," Bears offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod said. "My hat's off to him. He gave his body up trying to give our defense a chance at holding them to three [points]. But that's what you've got to love about the guy. He puts his all into it and for him to go out when he's having a pretty good game, it's tough."
Fox shared that same sentiment.
"You know, they're competitors," Fox said. "Guys do that — I don't care what position it is. You prefer they don't pull a hamstring or get injured. But, by no means will I tell a guy not to compete."
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Cutler immediately went into the locker room with the training staff and the Bears deemed the injury significant enough to rule him out for the remainder of the game, calling it a "pulled hamstring."
The Bears wouldn't discuss the severity of Cutler's injury after the game, nor have they ruled him out for Week 3 against the Seattle Seahawks.
"Like I mentioned, it takes a while to run tests," Fox said. "Our medical people will inform me, and then I will inform you."
This isn't the first time in his career that Cutler has gotten injured after throwing an interception. Back in 2011 while flourishing under then-offensive coordinator Mike Martz, after throwing an interception Cutler attempted to make a tackle on San Diego Chargers defensive back Antoine Cason, suffering a broken thumb in the process.
Cutler missed the final six games of that season and the Bears finished with a 1-5 record, missing out on the postseason.