CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 20: Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears throws a pass to Earl Bennett against the San Diego Chargers at Soldier Field on November 20, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Chargers 31-20. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Jay Cutler Injury: Chicago Bears QB Not Expected Back Until After Regular Season

The Chicago Bears might be without Jay Cutler for the remainders of the season with a broken thumb, if reports hold true.

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Jay Cutler Injury Update: Chicago Bears QB 'Not Expected' Back Until After Regular Season

For now, the Chicago Bears hold one of the NFC Wild Card slots with a 7-5 record. However, they will likely move out of that position with a loss against the Denver Broncos on Sunday. That would makes reports about Jay Cutler returning to the team not until after the regular season rather disappointing. But that's what ESPN's Adam Schefter reports: Cutler is unlikely to play during the regular season again.

Caleb Hanie replaced Cutler and has shown that he is not a quarterback who will win games for the Bears and can also lose them for the team. He has thrown three interceptions in each of his two starts.

The Bears did attempt to pick up Kyle Orton off waivers when the quarterback requested his release. However, the Kansas City Chiefs put in a claim and received the quarterback. Orton injured his finger last week when he took his first snap with the Chiefs.

Now the Bears and the Chiefs are teetering on the edge of lost seasons.

For more on the Bears, visit Windy City Gridiron. Check out SB Nation NFL for more news and notes around the league.

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Jay Cutler Injury: Chicago Bears To 'Err On The Side Of Caution'

Jay Cutler's return to Denver, CO, won't be happening on Dec. 11 if reports of a broken thumb on his throwing hand are true. Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that two sources believe Cutler is lost for the season, which has six games remaining. Jensen, though, writes that the team is "expected to err on the side of caution" with Cutler after surgery on his thumb. Recovery from surgery could take 6-7 weeks, putting him in line to return for the regular season finale or for the playoffs (should the Chicago Bears win a wild card spot).

With Cutler out, the Bears appear ready to go with Caleb Hanie, who gained notoriety during the NFC Championship game when he relieved Cutler and the since-retired Todd Collins. Hanie will make his return to Colorado, as he quarterbacked the Colorado St. Rams from 2004-2007. He was 495-of-811 for 6,337 yards and 39 touchdown passes with the Rams.

In his NFL career, Hanie is 8-of-14 for 66 yards and an interception in the regular season.

For more on the Bears, visit Windy City Gridiron. Check out SB Nation NFL for more news and notes around the league.

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Jay Cutler Injury: Chicago Bears QB Reportedly Breaks Thumb; Caleb Hanie Could Start

Former Colorado St. Rams quarterback Caleb Hanie could start for the Chicago Bears if reports of Jay Cutler's broken thumb hold true.

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