According to a statement from head coach John Fox on Thursday afternoon, Chicago Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler will undergo shoulder surgery on Saturday while his 2016-2017 season has officially come to a close. As a result of the procedure, Cutler will be placed on injured reserve for the final five weeks of the regular season.
Entering play on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, the Bears will be sitting at 2-9 on the year while the franchise could potentially move on from the veteran signal caller at the conclusion of 2016-2017.
Specifically, Cutler has been forced to go under the knife because of a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder. While he was initially believed to be done for the year upon suffering the injury several weeks ago, the aforementioned Fox insisted that his quarterback could return and was being listed as day-to-day.
However, after exhausting all of their options as the team’s season is all but over, the Bears have ultimately elected to not push the issue any further while Cutler will receive the proper treatment sooner rather than later.
In what may turn out to be Cutler’s final go-round in the “Windy City,” the 33-year-old has appeared in just five games this season while producing 1,059 passing yards during that span. Adding a mere four touchdowns against five interceptions and five fumbles, he completed 59.1 percent of his passing attempts en route to a disappointing 27.8 QBR.
With their starter and primary backup in Brian Hoyer both on injured reserve, the Bears will now turn to Matt Barkley under center. Barkley tallied his first career touchdown pass as a NFL quarterback last week against the Tennessee Titans but a slew of dropped passes from Chicago’s wide receivers prevented the team from earning their third win of the season.