The Chicago Bears not only lost 29-14 to the visiting Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football but they may have also lost their quarterback.
Jay Cutler was knocked out of the game in the third quarter with a potentially serious thumb injury.
"I aggravated it early on," Cutler said, before comparing it to the thumb injury he suffered in 2011, which knocked him out for the final seven games of the campaign. "I couldn’t really hold onto the ball. That was obviously a big issue for me. We’ll do more test tomorrow and we’ll know the extent of it."
Cutler had his right thumb in a removable cast during his post-game press conference and admitted to being worried about the extent of the injury.
"I’m concerned. As a quarterback you need your right thumb," he said. "I had surgery on this thumb [in 2011]. We’ll see what it is."
The news gets worse for the Bears, as Cutler was one of seven players to leave Monday's game due to injury.
CB Bryce Callahan and S Adrian Amos both left due to concussion. S Chris Prosinski suffered a hamstring injury, while RB Ka'Deem Carey hurt his hamstring.
OLB Lamarr Houston suffered what head coach John Fox called a "significant" knee injury. Houston's season is likely over.
NT Eddie Goldman was carted off the field due to an ankle injury but the Bears believe it's just a high ankle sprain, which means Goldman could return this season. He was in a walking boot after the game but was not using crutches.