Banged Up Bears Lose to Redskins

- The Chicago Bears couldn't overcome more costly injuries, losing to the Washington Redskins 45-41. 

The Bears and Redskins scored the second-most points in an NFL game this season. Neither defense could make a timely stop when it mattered, but Washington scored the last points, allowing them to come out on top.

The most devastating injury for Chicago was the one that cost them their starting quarterback. Jay Cutler struggled until the second quarter, going 3-for-8 for 28 yards and an interception that was returned for a touchdown. He was sacked midway through the second and injured his groin, struggling to even walk off the field and into the locker room. The status of his injury was unknown after the game.

Josh McCown stepped in and led the Bears admirably. He finished 14-for-20 with 204 yards and the go-ahead touchdown toward the end of the fourth quarter. McCown was helped by a monster day from running back Matt Forte, who finished with 109 total yards (91 rushing) and three touchdowns.

The Bears defense continued to take hits - Linebacker Lance Briggs was forced to leave the game with a banged up shoulder and cornerback Charles Tillman injured his knee. Wide receiver Brandon Marshall left the game with a concussion late in the fourth quarter but talked to the media after the game and is not expected to miss any time.

The Bears bye week couldn't come at a better time, as it should allow the team to handle most of their nagging injury concerns. They play next at Green Bay on Monday night, November 4th. 

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