Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has a sprained thumb on his throwing hand but is not expected to need surgery, coach John Fox said Tuesday.
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‘Concerned’ Cutler hurts thumb, to undergo tests
A rough night for Bears QB Jay Cutler got worse when he left with a right thumb injury late in the third quarter of Monday night’s 29-14 loss to the Eagles. He was replaced by Brian Hoyer.
Fox said Cutler is considered day to day and that the veteran quarterback did not appear to be affected by the injury while taking snaps at practice last week.
Cutler acknowledged he was “concerned” about the injury after Monday night’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, saying he aggravated the injury earlier in the game and that he “couldn’t really grip the ball.”
Cutler said the injury contributed to his throwing an interception to Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham with 36 seconds left in the third quarter.
That turned out to be Cutler’s final play of the game, and he was replaced by Brian Hoyer.
ESPN Bears reporter Jeff Dickerson contributed to this report.