Jay Cutler is finished for this season and possibly for good as a Chicago Bear.
John Fox announced Thursday that Cutler will undergo surgery on his right shoulder Saturday for a torn labrum. He has been placed on injured reserve.
“We did try to exhaust all the non-surgical remedies,” said Fox. “Jay’s a tough guy. He’s proven that to me in the past. They did multiple different types of rehab…it’s been a couple of weeks now. Now the next alternative is to have surgery.”
The injury happened in the Bears game against the Giants November 20 when he was hit by Olivier Vernon. This is Cutler’s second major injury this season. Earlier he missed five games with a sprained thumb. Through all the adversity Cutler has remained a team-player according to Fox.
“As I mentioned before, even through the thumb, and Brian Hoyer was in there, you know, when these guys get hurt, they’re still part of the football team.”
Offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains echoed Fox and he shot down critics who say Cutler is ‘soft’ and ‘prone to injury.’
“How tough he is, how much he cares, how much the team means to him. That’s been incredible to watch.”
Cutler’s teammates say he’ll be missed.
“He’s definitely a resilient guy, always in the training room, getting ice, doing something to get himself better, so it’s just hard to see him in this situation,” says receiver Cameron Meredith.
“In the last two years he’s taken a lot of hits and gone through a lot of different injuries that sometimes you don’t even hear about and he’s playing through it,” says backup quarterback David Fales.
Cutler’s injury means more starting opportunities for Matt Barkley at quarterback starting this Sunday against the Niners.