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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.

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