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Report: Bears’ Cutler suffers broken thumb

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Associated Press
November 21, 2011

The Chicago Tribune is reporting Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler broke his right thumb during Sunday’s 31-20 victory over the San Diego Chargers and will miss six to eight weeks.


The Bears declined comment. Cutler’s agent, Bus Cook, did not return messages from The Associated Press.


The Tribune reports Cutler was injured trying to prevent a touchdown on a 64-yard interception return by San Diego’s Antoine Cason in the fourth quarter. Cutler got knocked to the ground by linebacker Donald Butler.


He stayed in the game and finished with 286 yards passing. He and coach Lovie Smith did not mention the injury after the game.


Meanwhile, it was also a rough day for a couple of the NFL’s top running backs as Buffalo’s Fred Jackson and Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson each left their games with injuries.


Jackson, who began the day leading the league in rushing, sat out much of the second half of the Bills’ 35-8 loss at Miami with a bruised right calf. X-rays were negative.


Buffalo will also see about some other key players. Cornerback Terrence McGee (left knee) was carted off the field in the second period and is probably out for the season, coach Chan Gailey said. Receiver Donald Jones (left ankle) also was hurt and might be out three to six weeks.


Peterson left the Vikings’ 27-21 loss to Oakland early in the second quarter after a nifty 12-yard run. He lost the shoe on his right foot during the run and his left ankle rolled grotesquely as he was pulled down from behind by a couple of Raiders defenders.


Peterson limped off the field and was taken by cart to the locker room for X-rays, which were negative. He was scheduled to have an MRI today to make sure there was no more damage, but Peterson said he hoped to play next Sunday at Atlanta.


Oakland receiver Darius Heyward-Bey left after taking a hard hit to the head.


Tennessee quarterback Matt Hasselbeck left the Titans’ loss at Atlanta with a sprained right elbow.


Arizona defensive tackle Dan Williams broke his left arm in the fourth quarter of the Cardinals’ 23-7 loss at San Francisco.



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