Bears could lose Cutler ‘for a while’ with broken thumb

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will likely undergo surgery for a broken thumb on his throwing hand, league sources told NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora on Sunday night.

Cutler will undergo further tests Monday for the injury suffered during the Bears’ 31-20 victory over the San Diego Chargers earlier Sunday.

There is no timetable for Cutler’s return, but he could be out indefinitely, according to La Canfora.

The Chicago Tribune, citing sources, reported that the Bears are expecting to be without Cutler “for a while.”

According to the Tribune, Cutler injured the thumb when he was taken down by Chargers linebacker Donald Butler after Cutler threw an interception in the fourth quarter.

Cutler played the entire game, completing 18 of 31 passes for 286 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, as the Bears won their fifth straight game.

Caleb Hanie would likely get the start against the Oakland Raiders if Cutler can’t play in Week 12. Nathan Enderle is the Bears’ third-string quarterback.

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