Cutler, Briggs Out At Least 4 Weeks

LAKE FOREST-The Bears expect to have Jay Cutler and Lance Briggs back at some point this season. That's the good news. The bad news is both men will be sidelined at least a month with injuries.

Cutler has a torn groin muscle. He'll be out at least four weeks. After that head coach Marc Trestman says Cutler will be evaluated on a week-by-week basis.

Briggs will be out four to six weeks with a small fracture in his left shoulder. Briggs leads the Bears in tackles with 64. He also has a pair of sacks.

Trestman is trying to remain positive.

"The positive thing is they're not out for the season. They're going to be back. They're not done. The philosophy here is the next man up," said Trestman Monday during a press conference.

Josh McCown stepped up when Cutler went down in the second quarter Monday. He completed 14 of 20 passes for 204 yards and one touchdown. He had a 119.6 quarterback rating. Jordan Palmer is expected to be signed to backup McCown while Cutler is out.

As for the loss of Briggs, it comes at a time when the Bears defense is struggling. "We're losing a great leader in Lance that we're going to have to work very, very hard to recover," says Trestman.

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