Barkley will serve as the Bears' starting quarterback moving forward after the announcement that Jay Cutler will undergo season-ending labrum surgery, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

The Bears kept the door open for Cutler making another appearance this season, but after exploring all options, shoulder surgery has been ordered up. With Cutler's placement on IR imminent, Barkley will be under center for the rest of the campaign, while David Fales handles backup duties. In his first career start in Week 12, Barkley fared fine against the Titans, completing 28 of 54 passes for 316 yards to go with three touchdowns and two interceptions.

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