Monday night the Chicago Bears got embarrassed, and exposed, by the Philadelphia Eagles on national television. General manager Ryan Pace has done a good job of upgrading many positions in the starting lineup on both sides of the football, but everyone who follows this team closely enough knew that there wasn't any significant depth at many critical positions.
Entering Monday night's game versus the Eagles, that depth issue was hidden by the relative health among the starters. The only player who showed up on the Bears injury report was cornerback Kyle Fuller, who is still rehabbing from knee surgery a few weeks ago.
Other than that, the Bears were healthy, and depth wasn't a public concern.
Unfortunately for Chicago, it didn't stay that way.
- Quarterback Jay Cutler: Cutler injured his throwing hand at some point in the 3rd quarter (edit: from the tweet we embedded below, apparently Cutler injured his hand last week versus the Texans), and was seen on camera shooing away medical staff when they tried to evaluate him. After throwing a critical (and stupid) interception at the end of the 3rd quarter, they forced him into the locker room, and later announced he would not return.
During the press conference, Cutler was wearing some sort of cast on his right hand.
Update: John Fox says in press conference Cutler has 'sprained thumb' and won't have surgery. No timeline to return was given.
Sources: Bears QB Jay Cutler played with ligament damage in thumb from Texans game https://t.co/kI1lI6dJdl— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) September 20, 2016
- Outside linebacker Lamar Houston: During the 2nd quarter when trying to make a play, Houston spun and twisted his left knee, leaving him on the ground in pain for a couple of minutes, Eventually, he walked off under his own power, but gingerly limping on that left knee.
That is the same knee Houston injured in 2014, tearing his ACL while celebrating a sack.
Update: Houston had MRI and Bears have not released results yet.
Update #2: Houston has torn ACL and is out for the season.
Also injured during the Monday night contest:
- Linebacker Danny Trevathan: John Fox says Trevathan will have to have surgery for a sprained thumb but it is not a season-ending injury.
- Bryce Callahan and Adrian Amos: Concussion
- Ka'Deem Carey: Hamstring
- Chris Prosinski: Calf
- Eddie Goldman: Ankle - Update: Out at least 4 weeks with high ankle sprain
We will update this thread throughout the day as more information is available.