The Chicago Bears continue to struggle with injuries as the NFL season progresses towards week 11.
The Chicago Bears announced on Monday that starting quarterback Jay Cutler and starting cornerback Charles Tillman suffered injuries in the team’s loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday. Tillman suffered a triceps injury and has been placed on the injured reserve designated to return list. Meaning Tillman can return to practice after six weeks, however, the veteran cornerback will be out for the remainder of the regular season as Tillman is eligible to play in eight weeks.
Meanwhile, with Cutler, the team announced that the quarterback is week-to-week after suffering a high ankle sprain in the second quarter of the game against the Lions on Sunday.
The Bears have already been without Cutler this season. While there is no question that Cutler makes throws when healthy that put the team in a position to win, backup quarterback Josh McCown has proved more than dependable this season for the Bears. In place of an injured Cutler this season, McCown has a passer rating of 103.2 to go along with 538 passing yards, 4 touchdowns and no turnovers.
Considering the the Bears labeled Cutler as week-to-week, the expectation is that McCown will be the starter against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.
The injury to Tillman is much more concerning for the Bears. A defense that was already short of Lance Briggs will now be without one of their starting cornerbacks. Zack Bowman will likely get the start in place of Tillman. On the season, Tillman has 41 tackles to go along with 3 interceptions and 3 forced fumbles.
If the Bears make the playoffs, Tillman would likely be available to the team.