I know my last few columns have focused on injuries in Chicago sports, such as the Blackhawks’ Marian Hossa and the Bulls’ Derrick Rose, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to talk about the injuries to Bears players that took place on Sunday against the Redskins.
The talk of the town will be all about Jay Cutler’s injury to his groin. He was sacked in the second quarter by Chris Baker and stayed on the ground until the Bears’ medical staff sprinted to the field to examine him. The staff helped Cutler off the field and later, Fox sideline reporter Tony Siragusa said that Cutler attempted to walk to the locker room on his own and was unable to, so he was put on a cart and carried in to get an X-ray.
Bears Head Coach Marc Trestman appeared to be pretty positive after Cutler’s injury, though.
“We’ll know more in the next couple of days,” Trestman said to ESPN. “It’s a groin. It’s not a knee, it’s not an ankle, it’s not a hip. We’ll see where we’re at. I’m just going to wait to see what the doctors say.”
After Cutler’s injury occurred, Josh McCown took the quarterback position and looked pretty good. He completed 14-of-20 passes for 204 yards, which also included a 7-yard touchdown pass to Martellus Bennett in the fourth quarter.
Although I think the Bears should have won the game against the Redskins, I thought McCown did well under the pressure. In his position, he needs to be ready in case something were to happen to Cutler, and unfortunately it did this Sunday. McCown finished the game with a passer rating of 119.6. This was his first regular game in 21 months.
“When you’re close to somebody and they get hurt, your heart just kind of sinks,” McCown told ESPN. “I was bummed, said a prayer, grabbed my helmet and got some throws in to get ready to play.”
Cutler’s injury may seem to be the most significant to the team, but the Bears also lost Lance Briggs and Charles Tillman to injuries during the second half. These two are key players for the Bears. Briggs was out with a shoulder injury while Tillman was out because of his knee. The Bears announced yesterday that Cutler is expected to be out for at least four weeks, and Briggs for six weeks.
This didn’t help the defense’s game against the Redskins. It was not pretty to watch, especially when I was expecting a Bears win.
In a more positive light, the Bears have a week off which will be much needed for the team to recover.
“I’m just hopeful that it’s not too serious,” Trestman told the Chicago Tribune about Cutler’s injury. “This bye comes at a great time because he’ll have a chance to heal up, as will a number of our players.
“We’ll get back to work next week after this bye and get after it and work to get better as a football team … Getting healthy over the next couple weeks will be a good part of that. You can’t make excuses, but it’s going to help, we’ll be a fresher team when we come out of this break.”
They’ll need any help they can get to play an aggressive game against the 4-2 Green Bay Packers on Nov. 4.