Word has just come down from on high (ESPN) that Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will not play Sunday while recovering from a concussion. The Bears will instead start Todd Collins at quarterback against the winless Carolina Panthers.
Cutler was concussed during Chicago’s 17-3 loss on Monday. The Bears’ offensive line allowed 10 sacks and nine quarterback hits on the evening. Cutler suffered nine of those sacks while going 8-for-11, for 42 yards and tossing an interception.
Team and independent doctors examined Cutler this week and determined he could practice but that it was a bad idea for him to participate in Sunday’s game. This will be the first time in his career that Culter has missed a game due to injury.
The 38-year-old Collins had a rough night after relieving Cutler in the second half. The 16-year vet out of Michigan finished the game completing 4-of-11 passes, for 36 yards, an interception and a 8.1 quarterback rating. Collins was eventually knocked out of the game as well with what was originally described as a stinger.
So with about four minutes left in the game, the Caleb Hanie Era started in Chicago. Though the kid didn’t look horrible, it’s probably a safe assumption that he’ll resume his spot on the bench until further notice.
It might be a good idea to pass on Collins and Hanie in your fantasy leagues this week. Something tells me the Bears will be running. A lot.