Bears quarterback Jay Cutler exits in the second quarter in a 48-23 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
In a game that had the looks of a possible shootout early on quickly turned out the of Bears favor late in the first half. With just over three minutes left in the second quarter Jay Cutler threw an interception that was ran back 26 yards by Tony Jefferson for a touchdown. But it’s what happened between Jefferson intercepting the pass and him crossing the goal line that was the story of this game.
Jay Cutler strained his hamstring trying to tackle Jefferson during the play, but instead fell hard and awkwardly on the right side of his body. That resulted into Cutler injuring his hamstring and missing the remainder of the game.
“You know, they’re competitors,” says Bears Head coach John Fox. “Guys do that – I don’t care what position it is. You prefer they don’t pull a hamstring or get injured. But, by no means will I tell a guy not to compete.”
Jimmy Clausen took all the remaining snaps under center for Chicago. Clausen went 13-for-24, 121 yards and an interception which he threw in the Bears opening drive of the second half.
Coach John Fox did not have any update on his starting quarterback in his post game press conference, so Cutler’s status for this week is still unknown.
Other than the Cutler’s injury nothing went right for the Bears. Yellow flags were all over the field as the Bears penalty yardage added up to 170. The defense took a step back. Carson Palmer threw four touchdowns, three of them to Larry Fitzgerald as part of a eight catch, 112 yard game. Even special teams struggled giving up a 109-yard touchdown by David Johnson on the game’s opening kick-off.
“It’s frustrating,” says Bears linebacker Jared Allen. “Two weeks in a row, coming out of the half, we had momentum – things going in the right direction. Then we just shoot ourselves in the foot. Penalties were a huge deal for us today. Eventually you have to make this decision that you’re tired of losing, you’re just not going to accept it. It’s frustrating, it’s disheartening and has to be corrected.”
The Bears will head to Century Link Field to face Seattle Seahawks next Sunday.