The Chicago Bears have not officially revealed what happened to quarterback Jay Cutler in Sunday's loss to the New York Giants, but the team apparently is moving forward with plans to replace him at quarterback at least for the time being.
According to a report from Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, the Bears are planning to sign quarterback David Fales off of the Baltimore Ravens' practice squad. That move would give them a third quarterback on their active roster, and would likely mean that Cutler is expected to miss at least some time.
How long Cutler would be out is still very much up in the air, but if NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is correct, we may have seen the last of Cutler this season.
According to Rapoport, Cutler suffered a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder during the loss to the Giants, and that injury would likely mean that he would be finished for the season.
Rapoport also mentioned that Cutler is seeking a second opinion on the injury, so it will be interesting to ssee what the ultimate diagnosis is.
Whatever the case, the Bears are preparing to play without Cutler for the final six games of the regular season, and there is no definitive answer as to which quarterback will be under center on Sunday at Soldier Field.
Fales could step into the role, given his familiarity with the system, or the Bears could start Matt Barkley, who has been Cutler's backup since Brian Hoyer went down with a broken arm earlier this season.