Is it Fair to Call Jay Cutler Injury Prone?

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Oct 20, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) is helped off the field after suffering an apparent injury against the Washington Redskins during the first half at FedEX Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports


Injury: Torn Groin

Circumstances: On a fairly innocuous sack midway through the second quarter, Cutler was spun around and somewhere in the process, tore his groin.

Games Missed: Depends on who you ask.  It could be as little as two weeks if you believe Brandon Marshall or it could be “at least 4 weeks and then week to week.”

Results: To Be Determined.  Lost the Redskins game. After the bye week, set to play at Green Bay, vs Detroit and Baltimore and then at St. Louis.


It’s hard to argue that Cutler isn’t injury prone. While he came from Denver not missing any time due to injuries and got through the first season with the Bears without incident, no one is going to mistake Cutler for Brett Favre and his Iron Man streak.

You could say the injuries were fluky, but follow the trend. The years of getting pounded behind a patchwork offensive line and his age might be catching up with Cutler. He’s had two concussions; an injury that is taboo today. There’s no avoiding the NFL’s concussion protocol. Evidence shows that the concussions have an additive effect; each one has a longer recovery as effects could linger longer.

Of all of his injuries, I’d say the broken thumb is the one that is the most avoidable, as Cutler gave pursuit in attempting to make a tackle. The knee and the groin? Those injuries are the ones that make me think that Cutler is injury prone. They occur on normal plays with abnormal results.

You can bet that the Bears will look long and hard at Cutler’s history and adjust their price accordingly before offering him a contract this offseason. Meanwhile, they’d better keep investing in backup quarterbacks.



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  • metalhead65

    he may be injury prone but I would not say those injuries were avoidable. if he does not try and make the tackle against the chargers he would have gotten roasted by the press who were looking to write anything negative about him they could. as for the groin injury how did he have any control over that? the guy picked up and twisted his body around into his knee before he hit the ground. not sure how that is his fault. as for backups they need to upgrade there big time but not sure how they can do that this season. maybe they can sign one of the younger starters that will be cut this offseason as a backup after they resign Cutler either to the franchise tender or a 2-3 year deal. they would be foolish to let him go after finally surrounding him with some talent and a coach who knows offense is part of the game. they can’t afford to start over again at qb after rebuilding the offense this year. they will need somebody who knows how to run it so they can score enough points to stay in games while they rebuild the defense in the next year or two. you can’t do that with a new qb learning the system.

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