Since replacing Jay Cutler under center, Chicago Bears quarterback Brian Hoyer had an incredible start to his time with the team, throwing for over 300 yards in four straight games. It looked like the former New England Patriot could start for the Bears even when Cutler returned from injury.
Playing against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night was a promising situation for the team to get a win against their divisional rivals, as their opponents had been unable to get their offense flowing.
However, what happened to Hoyer during the early part of the second quarter probably means the chances of him earning the starting job are likely now over which is a real shame.
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On a third and six with ten minutes left in the quarter with the Packers up by a field goal, Hoyer was brought to the ground after a hard hit by Julius Peppers. After the hit, the 31-year-old couldn't get up as his arm was in unbelievable pain, resulting in his exiting the game.
After having an x-ray inside the stadium, it was revealed that Hoyer had suffered a broken left arm, meaning he wouldn't be able to go back in the game. With Matt Barkley under center, the Bears would go on to lose 26-10 to the Packers.
This untimely injury is a real shame for Hoyer, as he had a real chance of earning the starting job after having four straight 300-yard games with six total touchdowns and zero interceptions. Those chances are likely now over following this injury as it is unclear as to when he will return, and he will now most likely be allowed to become a free agent by the start of next offseason.
How the Bears advance from this situation is not yet known, but they may want to move quickly. They could decide to go with Barkley until Cutler comes back from injury and then draft someone new next year, or they could decide to trade for a quarterback but this must be done before the November 1 trade deadline.
Chicago doesn't play for another 11 days now, but they must make a decision before they play against arguably one of the toughest defenses in the league right now, the Minnesota Vikings.
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