Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler left Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins after suffering a groin injury. Reports now claim he is headed for an MRI on the injyry and results should be known sometime on Monday.
Cutler left the game in the second quarter and looked to be in serious pain. He was hunched over and walking very slowly, after his legs stretched awkwardly during a sack. He was just 3-of-8 for 28 yards with no touchdowns and an interception when he left the game.
If this injury is bad enough that Cutler couldn’t return and has to undergo an MRI, it’s fair to assume the 30-year-old quarterback will be out for a while. Groin injuries don’t just go away, tend to linger for weeks and like abdominal injuries, they are incredibly difficult to play through.
Cutler was replaced by Josh McCown, who completed 14-of-20 passes for 204 yards and a touchdown, with no interceptions. The 34-year-old also added four rushes for 33 yards. McCown actually looked really good in relief, as the Bears lost 45-41 on a Roy Helu touchdown with 45 seconds left in the game.
McCown certainly wasn’t Chicago’s problem on Sunday, as its defense surrendered 499 yards to a Redskins team that had been struggling to move the ball. Washington rushed for a whopping 209 yards, while quarterback Robert Griffin III threw for 298 yards and two touchdowns. Griffin threw an interception on the day but he also averaged 10.3 yards per attempt. The Bears really have a lot of work to do defensively.
As for now, it’s a safe bet that McCown will be starting under center in Chicago for the next few weeks.