The reaction among Bears fans was mixed as Jay Cutler walked off the field of play and into the locker room.
Of course, the reaction to Cutler is almost always mixed among Bears fans.
But Monday night, he vacated his position at the helm of the Bears' offense after committed two game-changing turnovers in the team's last three possessions.
Cutler did not return to the game and showed up to his media session with his right thumb in a cast/brace.
"I kind of aggravated it early on," he said. "My strength [limited me]; I couldn't really grip the ball. So, that was obviously a big issue for me."
Cutler and the Bears are waiting for more information on his hand/thumb. As of Monday's postgame sessions, the organization did not have the results of his X-rays to make public.
Cutler has a history of injury to his throwing hand, missing the final six games of the 2011 season after fracturing his thumb.
"I'm concerned," he said. "As a quarterback, you kind of need your right thumb. ... We'll see what it is."
Cutler didn't directly blame his hand injury for the interception he threw in the third quarter, but did say he felt he was hurting the team after that, so he needed to remove himself from the game.
Of course, at that point, it was too late.
"I was next to him on the sideline and he didn't want to come out of the game," tight end Zack Miller said. "He couldn't produce and he knew it. It was just something where it was hard for him to do that."
Miller also expressed his confidence in Bears backup quarterback Brian Hoyer, who came in and threw for 78 yards in roughly a quarter of play, though couldn't get the Bears offense into the endzone.
"Just try to come out and complete passes and get into a rhythm and move the ball," Hoyer said of his approach. "Unfortunately, we weren't able to score. Just try to go out there and play your game and not do too much."
If Cutler is forced to miss any time, Hoyer would slide in as the starter with Matt Barkley as the No. 2 option.
Hoyer has been here before. The 30-year-old has appeared in 44 NFL games over the last eight seasons (including Monday night) and has gone 15-10 as a starter with the Cleveland Browns and Houston Texans from 2013-15.
Hoyer also has a rapport with Bears offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains from their time together in Cleveland.
"If I do have to play, I'm gonna put the work in this week," Hoyer said. "[Cutler's injury] is tough, but it's part of the game. That's the way the cookie crumbles, I guess.
"Injuries are a part of the game, unfortunately. You just gotta hope that the next man up is ready to go."