The Chicago Bears are a team in trouble as they sit on a 2-8 record this season and have their top receiver set to sit out for three more games.
With Alshon Jeffery out due to suspension, the last thing they needed was to suffer a big hit at the quarterback position.
Done in the Windy City?
Tuesday may have brought that hit however as quarterback Jay Cutler could now be set to miss the remainder of the season with a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder.
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The Bears have already lost back up quarterback Brian Hoyer this season and with Cutler now seemingly ending his season early, it could come down to the lesser known Matt Barkley to lead the Bears.
While it may feel like a loss to be without Cutler, some fans in Chicago could be forgiven for being happy to see him go.
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Cutler will finish his season with a 4:5 TD:INT ratio and with a completion percentage of just 59.1%.
Cutler ending his season early could have wider ramifications however as many expected this to be his final season in Chicago.
With all of the guaranteed money in his contract eaten up, the Bears could elect to explore other options at quarterback in the off-season.
Brian Hoyer was very effective for Chicago when he led the team for five games this season and had their offense moving - despite only winning once.
The option now facing the Bears is a complicated one as they have three possible roads that they could explore if they choose to move on from Cutler.
They could hand the keys to the team to Hoyer - a player who has been trusted with several franchises before but never really found success.
They could look to a promising back up from elsewhere in the league with stars like Jimmy Garoppolo in New England or even Tony Romo in Dallas as possible targets.
The third option however would be to explore the draft and with North Carolina's Mitch Trublsky or Clemson's Deshaun Watson set to enter the league next year, could Chicago find a leader for the future?
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