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Jay Cutler to have surgery and be placed on injured reserve

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The 2016 season is over for Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, time will tell if his Bears’ career is also over.

Head coach John Fox announced that Cutler will have surgery on his torn labrum on Saturday and the Bears will place him on season ending injured reserved. He’s the 16th Bear to go on IR this season.

A week ago Cutler was simply listed as doubtful for the Tennessee game after reports circulated that his season was in jeopardy after injuring his shoulder on November 20th. The Bears and Cutler explored every possible option for him to return this year, but ultimately the decision for surgery was made.

There are still 4 years left on Cutler’s contract, but only $2 million left in guarantees. Chicago could trade or release him this offseason if they so inclined.

Cutler’s 2016 season ends with him playing in 5 games, throwing for 1,059 yards, with 4 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. His completion percentage of 59.1% was his lowest since 2012 and his passer rating of 78.1 was his lowest since 2009. His sack percentage of 11% was the highest of his 10 year career.

With Cutler out the Bears will continue to turn to quarterback Matt Barkley, who showed promise last Sunday against the Titans.

In other Chicago Bears injury news, defensive lineman Mitch Unrein and cornerback Tracy Porter were full participants in practice after being limited yesterday.