QJay Cutler
QB CHI (9)
6 hours ago

Cutler (thumb) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

After a week in which he didn't practice and subsequently didn't play due to a sprained right thumb, Cutler's presence in drills was likely a welcome sight for the injury-plagued squad. As head coach John Fox mentioned Monday, the Bears will evaluate Cutler "day-to-day," so his activity level will be one to monitor as the week unfolds. If he's unable to take the field in Week 4, his primary backup, Brian Hoyer, will again be under center.

QJay Cutler
QB CHI (9)
2 days ago

Cutler (thumb) is being evaluated on a day-to-day basis, according to coach John Fox, Bears writer Larry Mayer reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cutler missed Sunday night's loss to the Cowboys due to his sprained throwing thumb, but wasn't ruled out until prior to kickoff, despite not practicing all week. As a result, Fox's admitted 'day-to-day' approach to Cutler seems a bit misleading, so it'll be worth seeing if Cutler can practice at all this week before potentially projecting his return. If Cutler remains sidelined, expect veteran Brian Hoyer to continue to start at quarterback for the Bears.

QJay Cutler
QB CHI (9)
3 days ago

Cutler (thumb) is inactive for Sunday's game in Dallas

EDGE Analysis

Taking a week-to-week approach with Cutler's right thumb sprain, the Bears have included the quarterback among their inactives Sunday. Cutler will thus hand the reins of the offense to eight-year veteran Brian Hoyer.

QJay Cutler
QB CHI (9)
5 days ago

Cutler (thumb) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against Dallas, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

While a previous report said the Bears won't make a final decision until Sunday, the 'doubtful' designation strongly suggests Cutler will miss at least one game. He didn't participate in practice all week, leaving Brian Hoyer as the likely starter Sunday against Dallas.

QJay Cutler
QB CHI (9)
5 days ago

Cutler's (thumb) status isn't expected to be revealed until the Bears' inactive list is released prior to Sunday night's kickoff against the Cowboys.

EDGE Analysis

Cutler has not practiced this week due to a sprained right thumb and isn't anticipated to play versus Dallas, but the Bears won't make a definitive ruling on his status known until posting their inactive list approximately 90 minutes before Sunday's kickoff. Even if Cutler is surprisingly made available, it's worth questioning how effective he'd be considering his poor showing prior to exiting Monday's game against the Eagles. Most likely, Brian Hoyer will be handed the keys to the Bears' offense, which despite his starting experience, isn't a very exciting proposition for Sunday's primetime appearance.

QJay Cutler
QB CHI (9)
1 week ago

Cutler (thumb) was absent from practice Wednesday, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Handed a diagnosis of a right thumb sprain, Cutler's lack of activity this week is no shock due to his impending multi-game absence. The Bears are expected to rule Cutler out for Sunday night's game in Dallas at some point before week's end, which will place the onus of the offense on the right shoulder of Brian Hoyer.

QJay Cutler
QB CHI (9)
1 week ago

Head coach John Fox said Tuesday that Cutler does not appear to need surgery on his sprained right thumb, ESPN's Jeff Dickerson reports.

EDGE Analysis

Although he seems to have avoided a fully-torn ligament, Cutler isn't completely out of the woods, as Fox did admit his quarterback could still end up having a procedure, Larry Mayer of the Bears' official website reports. Even if surgery is avoided, Cutler could still miss some time, as the injury seemed to hinder his grip in Monday's loss to Philadelphia. The Bears will probably need at least one start from Brian Hoyer.

QJay Cutler
QB CHI (9)
1 week ago

Cutler (thumb) is expected to require a lengthy absence, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cutler reportedly first hurt his thumb in a Week 1 loss to Houston, though no injury was reported until he left for the locker room in the third quarter of Monday's loss to the Eagles. He's believed to have suffered a torn ligament, which could require surgery but might also heal on its own. Even if no procedure is needed, Cutler would likely miss some time while allowing his thumb to heal. He's scheduled for additional testing Tuesday to determine the best course of action.

QJay Cutler
QB CHI (9)
1 week ago

Cutler originally injured his right thumb Week 1 against the Texans, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

The injury was first reported upon Cutler's removal from Monday's loss to the Eagles, but he did say after the game that it bothered him for most of the night. As it turns out, he originally hurt his thumb in Week 1, but was able to play through the pain until aggravating it during the third quarter of Monday's game. Although he compared the injury to the fracture he suffered in the same thumb in 2011, the 33-year-old quarterback may only have ligament damage this time around. Even so, it's an injury that often requires a multi-week absence when it occurs in a quarterback's throwing hand. There should be another update Tuesday afternoon, as Cutler is scheduled for further testing during the day.

QJay Cutler
QB CHI (9)
1 week ago

Cutler said he is concerned about his injured right thumb, which will require additional testing Tuesday, Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Removed from Monday's loss to Philadelphia late in the third quarter, Cutler essentially admitted to being worried his injury could be serious. According to Wiederer, the 33-year-old quarterback also said he hurt his thumb early in the game, but he was able to keep playing until he aggravated it on a strip-sack. Cutler actually came back out for the next series, handing the ball off on seven consecutive plays before a third-down incompletion ended the drive on its eighth snap. He threw a hideous interception on the first play of the following drive, and then gave way to Brian Hoyer for the rest of the night. Cutler said he had trouble gripping the ball, which may explain why he played so poorly after marching his team 60+ yards on two of its first three drives. He fractured the same right thumb in Week 11 of 2011, and while still able to finish that game, he then missed the final six weeks of the season. Cutler's thumb required surgery after the previous incident, with a recovery timetable estimated at six-to-eight weeks. The Bears should have a diagnosis available at some point Tuesday.