Injuries could be one of the key stories heading into the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Chicago Bears. The Bears had a very difficult night on Monday against the Philadelphia Eagles, not only on the scoreboard but also in the medical tent. Earlier, we reported on the thumb injury for Bears starting quarterback Jay Cutler. While John Fox says he’s day-to-day, sources within the organization say he’s out for at least a few weeks.
With his sprained thumb, #Bears QB Jay Cutler expected to miss 2-3 weeks, source said. Timeline depends on how he heals over the next 3 days— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 21, 2016
That means Brian Hoyer will be starting on Sunday night, something that may actually be in the Bears favor depending on how you view Jay Cutler as a quarterback. What won’t be in their favor are the other injuries.
Linebacker Lamarr Houston tore an ACL and is out for the year. Linebacker Danny Trevathan had surgery on his thumb and will miss significant time. Nose tackle Eddie Goldman is expected to be out for a month with a high ankle sprain. Two corners, Adrian Amos and Bryce Callahan, are in the concussion protocol and safety Chris Prosinski has a bruised calf.
The Bears defense is in bad shape.
Meanwhile, the Cowboys got mixed news on the injury front. Orlando Scandrick has hamstring problems on both legs and did not practice today. The cornerback definitely does not feel healthy and has been relegated to the nickel corner while trying to recover.
The good news is that linebacker Mark Nzeocha returned to the practice field. He’s been out since the preseason with an Achilles strain but returned on a limited basis today. Doug Free (quad) and Jack Crawford (shoulder) were also limited. Tony Romo and Charles Tapper didn’t practice.