Bears say Jay Cutler's hamstring injury 'not real severe'

Chicago Bears head coach John Fox had good news concerning Jay Cutler's hamstring injury.

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was knocked out of yesterday's contest with a hamstring injury. Today, head coach John Fox said Cutler has a strained hamstring.

"We have gotten some results back. Jay does have a strained hamstring," head coach John Fox said. "Anytime it's not real severe, I think it's good news. We'll just evaluate it going forward."

Fox wouldn't elaborate further on the injury or give any timetable for Cutler's return but, based on his comments, it does not appear as if the injury will keep Cutler out long-term.

Fox said he's unsure if the team will sign another quarterback, which either means Cutler still has a chance to play this week or David Fales will be called up to fill in as the backup.

"We haven't decided that yet," said Fox. "I think we'll evaluate that and we have all the way until Saturday to do anything like that."

If the Bears do sign a veteran, expect it to happen relatively soon, in order to give him at least a few practices before Sunday's contest against the Seattle Seahawks.

If Cutler can't play, Jimmy Clausen would make his second start with the Bears - he started Week 16 last season, a loss to the Detroit Lions, after Cutler was benched - although Fox today wouldn't commit to Clausen.

"I'd say it's yet to be determined," he said.

In two-plus quarters of action against the Cardnials on Sunday, Clausen completed 14 of 23 passes for 121 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. In nine drives with Clausen under center, the offense managed just three field goals and punted four times.

"As I mentioned yesterday, for the circumstances and his preparation reps and getting ready to play Arizona, most backups are not getting all those reps regardless of the position," said Fox. "I think at the quarterback position, it's a little tougher because you have to be in tune to everybody else completely. But I think all in all he did OK."


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