So the Bears have lost Jay Cutler again, and this time it’s likely for the season as he undergoes further tests on what appears to be a torn labrum. The injury was likely sustained during the game on Sunday as the Giants piled up four sacks against mostly backup offensive linemen. While the Cutler haters don’t want to hear it, the injury (not to mention the slip on the throw) helps to explain the interception late in Sunday’s game and only further cements Cutler’s toughness to play through it, no matter how he may be perceived in the public eye. While this injury is terrible for Cutler, who is playing for his next guaranteed contract, it’s fantastic news for fans. Not because I believe this spells the end of the Cutler era in Chicago, but because it means the Bears will continue to move closer to the number one overall pick in the draft.
The Cutler news isn’t the only headline coming out of Halas Hall as Bears leading tackler, inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman, was suspended four games for violating the NFL’s PED policy. Here’s his explanation:
I’d like to believe him, but in the end it doesn’t really matter. Freeman being out will make the Bears worse, and that’s exactly what fans want to see at this point in a 2-8 season that has seen the Bears go from a raging dumpster fire to nuclear meltdown mode. While the top overall pick in the draft may be elusive with the Cleveland Browns yet to win a game, I’d settle for a top three selection.
Freeman joins a long list of suspended or injured Bears who would normally be in the starting lineup, including:
- WR Kevin White – out for season
- TE Zach Miller – out for season
- G Kyle Long – out for season
- G Josh Sitton – out
- OLB Leonard Floyd – concussion protocol
- WR Alshon Jeffrey – suspended
Two starting pro bowl guards, two top 10 overall draft picks from the past two seasons, your best play-making wide receiver, and Cutler’s favorite target in Miller join your best defensive player on the sidelines. Wow. 2017 can’t come soon enough for this Bears team and it’s mercilessly suffering fans.