Jay Cutler played with ligament damage in thumb from Texans game

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Bears QB Jay Cutler vs. the Eagles. (AP)

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler played through Monday night’s loss to the Eagles with ligament damage in his right thumb.

According to multiple team sources, Cutler suffered his injury in the season opener against the Texans. One source said it’s an injury that typically results in a three- to four-week absence.

Cutler practiced through the injury leading up to the Eagle game. But he re-aggravated his injury during it. Cutler left late in the third quarter after throwing an interception.

Cutler will be re-evaluated on Tuesday. Coach John Fox also will address the media at noon at Halas Hall.

Neither Cutler nor Fox offered specifics on his injury after the Eagles’ 29-14 win at Soldier Field. But Cutler vaguely said his thumb was “aggravated early on.” He was wearing a cast on his right hand.

“I’m concerned,” Cutler said after the game. “As a quarterback, you kind of need your right thumb. So I think it was [2011] when I had surgery on this thumb. So we’ll see what it is.”

Before leaving against the Eagles, Cutler completed 12 of 17 passes for 157 yards. He was sacked three times.

Outside linebacker Pernell McPhee also yelled at Cutler following his interception in the third quarter. But Cutler took McPhee’s words and actions in stride.

“I’m fine with that,” Cutler said. “He’s a passionate guy. Everyone’s got a lot invested into this, and he does as well. No one likes to lose. No one likes to lose in that type of fashion. He’s upset. I’m upset. Everyone is upset in that locker room right now. But the good thing is that we’ve got a bunch of good guys in there. We’ve got a bunch of good coaches, and we’ve 14 games left.”


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