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Jay Cutler “concerned” about thumb injury, more tests today

Jay Cutler

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) walks off the field with a trainer during the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)


Bears quarterback Jay Cutler left last night’s game wearing a cast over his injured right (throwing) thumb, so it’s reasonable to be worried about it.

And he is.

Via Jeff Dickerson of, Cutler said he was having more tests done today to determine the severity of the injury.

“I’m concerned,” he said. “As a quarterback, you need your right thumb.”

Cutler said the injury affected his ability to grip the ball, which is why he came out in the third quarter and didn’t return. It may have also contributed to an interception which ended up being his final play, before Brian Hoyer came in to finish the loss to the Eagles.

“I couldn’t get as much on it as I wanted to, to put it over the top of that ‘backer,” Cutler said. “It was unfortunate, hurt the team. I knew I was putting the team, especially the offense, in jeopardy at that point. . . . I knew my day was done.”

Cutler was 12-of-17 passing for 157 yards and that interception. He also fumbled.

The veteran quarterback broke his thumb in November 2011 while trying to make a tackle, and it ended his season. He’s missed 15 games because of injury since 2010.