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Jay Cutler expected back this week

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Just in time to face one of the best defenses in the NFL, the Minnesota Vikings on October 31st, the Chicago Bears expect to have quarterback Jay Cutler return to practice this week.

Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reported on Sunday that Cutler will return from the sprained thumb that has prevented him from playing since week two. Cutler’s return comes at a perfect time, because #2 quarterback Brian Hoyer, who has filled in while Cutler nursed his injury, broke his arm on Thursday Night in Green Bay against the Packers.

Hoyer had surgery to repair his broken left forearm yesterday, and he’s expected to miss 6-8 weeks. With 10 weeks remaining in the 2016 season, the Bears have a decision to make with Hoyer’s roster spot.

For now, Matt Barkley will be Cutler’s primary back up, but if a roster move is made we’ll be sure to pass along any info. Barkley went 6 for 15 with two interceptions on Thursday in relief of Hoyer.

The Vikings are coming off their first loss of the season, a 21-10 defeat in Philadelphia, but they do lead the NFC North at 5-1. The Bears are 1-6 and will try to get on the winning track in Minnesota before their week 9 bye.