Bears coach Lovie Smith confirmed Monday that quarterback Jay Cutler has a fractured thumb.
Smith acknowledged in a radio interview that his starting quarterback suffered a fractured thumb on his throwing hand trying to make a tackle after an interception in the fourth quarter.
"Jay does have a right thumb fracture," Smith said on WBBM radio in Chicago. "He hurt it on the tackle, on the interception. Of course we took X-rays last night and he'll be seeing specialists this morning and we'll be able to tell you a little bit more after that."
The Bears said Cutler will have surgery to repair his fractured thumb and the team is hopeful he will return before the end of the regular season.
At any rate, the Bears are in serious trouble as Caleb Hanie will take over as the Bears starter, unless the Bears opt for the free agency route.
Their schedule over the next few weeks is reasonably easy, with Oakland, Kansas City, Denver and Seattle on the horizon, but losing Cutler for an extended period of time is clearly a season-changing issue.
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