LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will miss at least four weeks and Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs will be out for around six weeks, two staggering blows for a struggling team.
Coach Marc Trestman announced the news Monday, a day after Cutler suffered a muscle tear in his groin during a 45-41 loss to the Washington Redskins. Briggs left the game with a small fracture in his shoulder.
"They're not done," Trestman said. "They're going to be back."
Pro Bowl cornerback Charles Tillman also left the game with a knee injury, and Chicago (4-3) lost for the third time in four games.
The Bears are off this week, but with the injuries mounting, their season could be slipping away from them. The defense has been hit particularly hard in recent weeks, and now, the offense is without its leader.
Cutler came up clutching the top of his left leg following a sack by 333-pound nose tackle Chris Baker with about 10 minutes left in the first half. He stayed down for a few minutes and eventually limped off the field.
Josh McCown entered in the second quarter, seeing his first game action since the 2011 season. He completed 14 of 20 passes for 204 yards, including a 7-yard touchdown pass to Martellus Bennett that gave his team a 41-38 lead with 3:57 to play.
McCown looked understandably rusty in his first few plays, but he put Chicago in position to win the shootout with the Redskins.
Trestman announced Monday that the Bears are bringing in Jordan Palmer to backup McCown.