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Jay Cutler scheduled for thumb surgery Wednesday

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is scheduled to undergo surgery to repair his right thumb Wednesday, according to a league source.

Cutler injured his thumb in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s victory over the San Diego Chargers, when he was trying to prevent cornerback Antoine Cason from returning an interception for a touchdown. Cutler slowed Cason enough to allow running back Matt Forte to shove him out of bounds at the Bears’ 16-yard line. As he was going down, though, Cutler’s right thumb hit the ground.

It’s expected to be a routine procedure, and the club is hopeful that Cutler can return toward the end of the regular season. The Bears final regular season game is in Minnesota, against the Vikings, on Jan. 1.

More realistically, though, Cutler would be available after that game.