Cutler out at least four weeks

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will miss at least the next four weeks with a slight tear in his groin. Team also confirms Lance Briggs will miss around six weeks.

The Chicago Bears officially announced today the results of Jay Cutler's MRI. He has a partial tear in his groin and is expected to miss at least the next four weeks. This is actually good news, as a full tear of the groin would have kept Cutler out for the remainder of the 2013 campaign.

In his place, the Bears will turn to Josh McCown, who completed 14 of 20 passes for 204 yards and a touchdown in the second half of yesterday's contest against the Washington Redskins.

The team also confirmed that Lance Briggs has a small fracture in his shoulder and is expected to miss around six weeks.

"When you lose a leader like Jay, a leader like Lance, it's a blow to your team," McCown said today. "As is with every team in the NFL, it's next man up. It's how we do it. You've just got to get ready to go, get ready to play. There are going to be people stepping up on the defensive side of the ball. I'll have to step up on the offensive side of the ball and we'll have to find a way to get it done."

In place of Lance Briggs, the team will likely turn to Blake Costanzo, a seven-year veteran who has started just one game in his career.

"It's just the game of football," Costanzo said today. Whatever is asked of me, I'm going to go out there and give all I've got and that's all I can do for right now. We've just got to keep going forward from here and be positive."

Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. He is in his third season covering the Chicago Bears full time. Follow Bear Report on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Bear Report Web site or magazine, click here.

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