The Bears aren’t planning on Jay Cutler undergoing surgery on his sprained right thumb in the near future, coach John Fox said Tuesday at Halas Hall. Instead, the quarterback will try to rehab the injury, though he figures to miss Sunday’s game in Dallas at the minimum.
Cutler left Monday night’s game in the third quarter with the ligament damage. Sources told the Sun-Times earlier Tuesday that Cutler injured it in the season-opener against the Texans. Fox wouldn’t confirm that, saying that Cutler first hurt his right thumb five years ago. Cutler took his regular snaps all week in practice, Fox said.
Fox said he wouldn’t rule out surgery “down the road,” but it doesn’t appear imminent.
If Cutler can’t play Sunday, as expected, the Bears will turn to backup Brian Hoyer. He has a 15-11 career record as a starter.