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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.

The Chicago Bears might be in dire straits if reports of Jay Cutler's broken thumb on his throwing hand are true. According to Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times, Cutler will need more tests to determine his availability, but it could be a season-ending injury. Cutler broke the thumb on an interception throw.

If this holds true, the Denver Broncos won't face Jay Cutler in his return to the Mile High City on Sunday, Dec. 11. In his place, based on the current state of the roster, former Colorado St. Rams quarterback Caleb Hanie would be in line for the start. Many will recall Hanie coming in during the NFC Championship game back in January when he came in as the team's No. 3 quarterback once Cutler and Todd Collins were unable to go or do anything. Hanie did complete 13 of 20 passes for 153 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions in the loss.

The Bears could look to sign a free agent like David Garrard, but until Cutler's status becomes definitive there's no clue on how the Bears will pursue the situation.

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