LANDOVER, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — The Chicago Bears fear the injury to quarterback Jay Cutler could be significant according to a report.
The quarterback injured his groin while being sacked by Washington Redskins nose tackle Chris Baker in the second quarter of Sunday’s loss.
Cutler stayed down on the ground for a few minutes, and clutched at the top of his left leg after he was tackled by the 333-pound Baker with about 10 minutes left in the first half. It was the first sack of Baker’s five-year career.
Cutler eventually got up and limped off the field. He soon was walking gingerly along the sideline toward the visitors’ locker room.
“As a (defensive) lineman you always feel kind of good when you knock someone out of the game, but you never want to get anyone hurt,” Baker said after the game. “It felt good to get that first sack and the fact he got knocked out of the game it feels a little better.”
Cutler is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday.
Mike Silver of the NFL Network reports multiple sources on the team fear “it could be bad.”
The team plans to bring in Jesse Palmer on Monday according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
Chicago’s backup quarterback, Josh McCown, came in to replace Cutler. It was McCown’s first appearance in a regular-season NFL game since 2011.
When Cutler left — on Baker’s first career sack — the Redskins were leading 17-10. The hosts were still ahead at halftime, 24-17, with Chicago adding points on Devin Hester’s 81-yard punt return for a touchdown.
Initially, the Bears announced that Cutler’s return was “questionable,” but at halftime, they ruled him out for the day.
Before leaving, Cutler was 3 for 8 for 28 yards and an interception that was returned 29 yards by linebacker Brian Orakpo for a touchdown.
By halftime, McCown had thrown only one pass, which fell incomplete. He ran twice for 10 yards.
Cutler came into Sunday’s game with a 95.2 passer rating and 1,630 yards passing, along with 12 touchdown passes and six interceptions. He earned a 100-plus passer rating in each of Chicago’s previous two games and was seeking to top that mark for a third consecutive game within a season for the first time since 2009.
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