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QB Jay Cutler - Chicago Bears

6-4, 225Born: 4-29-1983College: VanderbiltDrafted: Round 1, pick 11

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Jay Cutler suffered a thumb sprain on his throwing hand in Week 2. He will reportedly miss 2-3 weeks.

He is listed as doubtful on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Tue Sep 20): Cutler has ligament damage in the thumb on his throwing hand. He will likely miss 2-3 weeks. He's probably not worth carrying at this point, although he did open the season with two tough defenses, so he might merit a pickup once he's healthy again, especially if Kevin White has progressed in his absence.

General News (Fri Sep 23): did not practice on Friday and is not expected to play this week.

General News (Thu Sep 22): did not practice on Thursday.

General News (Wed Sep 21): did not practice on Wednesday. Cutler is expected to miss two to three weeks, according to a source. His timeline depends on how he heals over the next three days.

General News (Tue Sep 20): played in Week 2 with ligament damage he suffered in the season opener. One source said it's an injury that typically puts players out three to four weeks. The Bears are preparing for his absence, but Cutler will not need surgery on his sprained thumb, according to head coach John Fox.

Week 3: at Dallas Cowboys

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Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. This game has become a battle of backups - Chicago's starter Jay Cutler (sprained thumb on his throwing hand) and Tony Romo (back injury) are sidelined as of Week Three, which means that Chicago will have Brian Hoyer under center until further notice. Realize that Hoyer has extensive experience in starting stints at Cleveland and Houston (44 games appeared in, with 590/1012 for 7,250 yards passing, 38 TDs and 26 interceptions thrown, and 71/112/1 rushing), and that Hoyer did get Houston to the playoffs last year - but then melted down in spectacular fashion during the Wild Card round. He is a bona-fide NFL starter, but he is not among the elite tier of quarterbacks currently playing in the NFL - his best finish among fantasy quarterbacks so far during his career was 25th in the league as the starter in Cleveland during 2014, before the Johnny Manziel debacle - but there are worse fates than starting Hoyer (just ask the Browns, currently prepping rookie Cody Kessler). We'll see which receivers he has good chemistry with - Hoyer completed nine of 12 passes for 78 yards in relief of Cutler last week, finding starters Kevin White, Alshon Jeffery and Zach Miller for two receptions each during his string of nine straight completions. He also attempted a deep pass to Jeffery and two deep throws to White. The Cowboys' pass defense has been up and down so far this year - in the season opener Eli Manning threw 19/28 for 203 net yards passing, three TDs and one interception at Dallas, while last week Kurt Cousins slung 28/46 for 350 net yards, one TD and one interception with two sacks taken for -14 yards vs. Dallas. To date, the team is 18th in the NFL averaging 276.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with four passing scores given up vs. two interceptions and four sacks generated. Over the first two weeks of the season, Dallas has averaged 22.3 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (12th-most in the NFL); and 24.8 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (13th-most); with 11.4 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (sixth-most). Not too good, folks. This is a neutral matchup between teams struggling with personnel issues.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
1 at HOU 56 16 29 216 1 1 2 12 0 0 13
2 vs PHI 38 12 17 157 0 1 0 0 0 1 5.85
3 at DAL PROJ-Tremblay * 0 0 * * * 0 * * * *
3 at DAL PROJ-Bloom * 0 0 * * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 2 vs PHI (12 / 17 / 157 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

The 2016 season has not gone well thus far for Jay Cutler. Following a fumble and an interception, Cutler left the game in the second half after suffering an injury to his right thumb. It went from bad to worse -- in short order. If he's not being sacked by a charging defender, he's scampering out of the pocket to evade the charging defender. This pretty much was the story Monday night against the Philadelphia Eagles. From jump street, Cutler consistently found himself under fire. There was little room to breath or room for error. Chicago's inability to block up front really changes the playbook for Jay Cutler, forcing him to get rid of the ball quickly and efficiently. The problem is Cutler doesn't make quick decisions well, nor does he throw the ball efficiently. Two games in a row now, Cutler has thrown multiple uncontested balls at the feet of his intended receiver. That's not efficient; That's borderline inexcusable. For Cutler, this season is on its way to being just like every other season -- mediocre.

2016 Week 1 vs HOU (16 / 29 / 216 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 12 / 0 rush)

Once again, it was a tale of two halves for Jay Cutler. In the first half of Sunday's 23-14 loss to the Texans, Cutler confidently moved the offense down the field and positioned his team in the lead after the first two quarters. Cutler connected on two deep shots to Alshon Jeffery and also found his main man Eddie Royal on a few short routes that turned into decent-sized gains.  Cutler looked solid in the first, despite fumbling a snap on 4th & 1 (The snap looked questionable, to be fair to Cutler). Then, it all turned badly in the second half, when the offensive line suddenly forgot how to block for its quarterback. It hardly mattered what Cutler did after taking the snap; Texans defenders seemingly found a way to create some form of pressure. Without time to survey the field, Cutler was a sitting duck. The Bears' inexperienced offensive line failed its quarterback in a bad way.  Not only did the offensive line kick the bucket in Week 1, so did second-year-rookie Kevin White, who looked every bit a rookie. Normally you can point a finger whenever an interception is thrown, and you can point a finger at White for Cutler's long pick. The 2015 first-round pick cut off his route and stood still instead of cutting outside, where Cutler inevitably fired the ball. It will take these two some time to get on the same page, keep in mind. Cutler's final stat line, 16 for 29 for 216 yards with one touchdown and one interception, is pretty Cutler-y. This game should tell you no more or no less than what you already knew about this very polarizing quarterback.

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Latest News

Bears | Jay Cutler doubtful (Fri Sep 23, 07:11 PM) - Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler (thumb) did not participate in practice Friday, Sept. 23, and is listed as doubtful for Week 3.

Our View: There was some talk earlier in the week that Cutler might try to push to play, but that hasn't happened. Brian Hoyer will get the start, which is much worse for the Bears win/loss prospects than their passing game fantasy prospects.

Bears | Jay Cutler remains out (Thu Sep 22, 02:36 PM) - Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler (thumb) did not participate in practice Thursday, Sept. 22.

Our View: No surprises here. It's Hoyer time! However, we would not go anywhere near Brian Hoyer this week against Dallas. Well, from a fantasy perspective, we mean. We're sure he's personally a nice chap. Just not in your lineup.
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Bears | Jay Cutler sits out (Wed Sep 21, 05:15 PM) - Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler (thumb) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 21.

Our View: We're going to see Brian Hoyer this week for the Bears. Cutler is expected to miss 2-3 weeks with this thumb injury.
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Bears | Jay Cutler out 2-3 weeks (Wed Sep 21, 08:17 AM) - Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler (thumb) is expected to miss two to three weeks, according to a source. His timeline depends on how he heals over the next three days.

Our View: Cutler was uninspiring against the Eagles in Week 2...before and after the injury. The Bears are going to turn to Brian Hoyer while Cutler is out. He's a seasoned veteran who should be able to keep Alshon Jeffery fed.
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Bears | Jay Cutler won't need surgery (Tue Sep 20, 02:16 PM) - Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler (thumb) will not need surgery on his sprained thumb, according to head coach John Fox.

Our View: Good news for the veteran QB here, but it doesn't mean he's going to play in Week 3. The Bears treat injury information like National Security secrets, so don't expect much of an update before -- or even on -- Friday.
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Schedule

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4vs Detroit Lions
5@ Indianapolis Colts
6vs Jacksonville Jaguars
7@ Green Bay Packers
8vs Minnesota Vikings
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10@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
11@ New York Giants
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13vs San Francisco 49ers
14@ Detroit Lions
15vs Green Bay Packers
16vs Washington Redskins
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