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Jay Cutler: John Fox Has No Choice But To Back Me

Oct 26, 2016 7:49 AM

Jay Cutler believes that John Fox now has no choice but to support him as the starting quarterback for the Chicago Bears after Brian Hoyer's injury.

Cutler addressed the media on Tuesday for the first time since he suffered a sprained thumb in Week 2 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

When asked whether he felt he has Fox's trust, Cutler said, "He doesn't have a choice, I guess, at this point.

"Brian is out, so I've got to go. I've had good conversations with Foxy this week, last week, the week before. There's never been any strain in our relationship. We're both very open and honest, and we're on the same page. We just want to win football games."

Hoyer suffered a broken left arm last Thursday against the Green Bay Packers.


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Brian Hoyer To Undergo Surgery For Broken Left Arm

Oct 23, 2016 11:32 AM

Brian Hoyer will miss at least eight weeks after opting for surgery on his broken left arm.

Hoyer suffered the injury in the second quarter of Thursday night's 26-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Hoyer was hit hard by Green Bay defenders Julius Peppers and Clay Matthews on a third-down pass attempt that fell incomplete with 10:03 left in the quarter.

Hoyer was 4-of-11 for 49 yards before he left the field. 

Jay Cutler hasn't played since injuring his thumb in Week 2.

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Brian Hoyer Suffers Broken Arm In Loss To Packers

Oct 21, 2016 12:12 AM

Brian Hoyer suffered a broken arm in the second quarter of the Chicago Bears' 26-10 loss at the Packers.

Hoyer was hit hard by Green Bay defenders Julius Peppers and Clay Matthews on a third-down pass attempt that fell incomplete with 10:03 left in the quarter.

Hoyer has been starting in place of Jay Cutler, who is nursing a thumb injury.

Matt Barkley finished the game for the Bears.

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Bears Place Kevin White On IR With Fractured Fibula

Oct 5, 2016 9:26 PM

The Chicago Bears have placed Kevin White on injured reserve with a fractured fibula in his left leg.

The Bears have not ruled out the possibility that White will undergo surgery, but the team is currently exploring all options before making a final determination.

White, the seventh overall pick of the 2015 NFL draft, sat out his entire rookie season due to a stress fracture in his left shin. At the time of that injury, White had a steel rod inserted into his tibia to stabilize the left leg.

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Bears Sign Joique Bell

Sep 27, 2016 7:28 PM

The Chicago Bears have agreed to sign Joique Bell.

With Jeremy Langford injuring his ankle in Week 3 and expected to miss 3-4 weeks, the Bears need depth at running back.

Bell joins a backfield including rookie Jordan Howard and Ka'Deem Carey, who missed Week 3 with a hamstring injury.

Bell struggled last season with Detroit, rushing 90 times for 311 yards and four touchdowns. 


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Jay Cutler Not Guaranteed Bears' Starting QB Job When Healthy

Sep 26, 2016 6:42 PM

John Fox would not guarantee that Jay Cutler will be the Chicago Bears' starting quarterback when Cutler receives the necessary medical clearance to return from a right thumb sprain.

"I don't think there are any givens. And that's no indictment on anybody," Fox said when asked directly about Cutler.

"This is a day-to-day, week-to-week, what-have-you-done-for-me-lately league, and so we're just trying to get the best 11 guys out there regardless of the position to where we can play a full 60 minutes and get a victory."

Fox started Brian Hoyer -- 30-of-49 pass attempts for 317 yards and two touchdowns -- in Dallas on Sunday, but Cutler pushed hard behind the scenes to play in that game.

"I mean, a year ago I think he had a hamstring injury in the Arizona game, I think Game 2 here at home," Fox said. "The quote 'reports' was he'd be out six weeks. He came back and was healthy the rest of the season. I believe he missed the Seattle game. Jimmy Clausen started in his place. And then he returned after one week. It's hard to predict. We'll just see and evaluate him every day."

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Bears Sign Matt Barkley From Practice Squad

Sep 22, 2016 2:41 PM

The Chicago Bears have elevated Matt Barkley from the practice squad following Jay Cutler's right thumb sprain.

Barkley joined the Bears after being waived by the Arizona Cardinals this month.

In his career, Barkley has appeared in four games for the Eagles, completing 30 of 50 pass attempts for 300 yards and four interceptions.

Cutler is officially day-to-day, but he conceded that he had trouble gripping the football in Monday's loss.

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Jay Cutler Has Sprained Thumb, Won't Require Surgery

Sep 20, 2016 4:41 PM

Jay Cutler suffered a sprained thumb on Monday night against the Philadelphia Eagles, but he won't require surgery, according to John Fox.

Cutler, 33, is signed through 2021 and is expected to miss at least Week 3.

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Jay Cutler Hurts Right Thumb, Set To Undergo Tests

Sep 20, 2016 8:09 AM

Jay Cutler left in the third quarter of Monday night's 29-14 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles with an injury to his right thumb and did not return.

Cutler wore a protective cast on his right hand at the postgame news conference. He will undergo further tests Tuesday.

"I'm concerned," he said. "As a quarterback, you need your right thumb."

Cutler said he aggravated the thumb injury earlier in the game and "couldn't really grip the ball," which he said contributed to him to throwing an interception with 36 seconds left in the third quarter.

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Connor Barth Signs With Bears

Sep 5, 2016 8:12 PM

Connor Barth has signed with the Chicago Bears.

The Bears cut Robbie Gould on Sunday. Rather than pay a kicker a top-five average salary at his position ($3.75 million), the Bears decided to move on.

Barth spent the preseason with the New Orleans Saints before being cut. Barth appeared in 12 games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2015, connecting on 23 of 28 field goals with one missed extra point.

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Bears Sign Josh Sitton To Three-Year, $21.75M Deal
Josh Sitton is a three-time All-Pro at guard and hasn't missed a start since 2011.

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Bears Release Robbie Gould
Robbie Gould was scheduled to make $2.9 million in 2016.

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Brandon Marshall Believes TV Work Led Bears To Trade Him
Brandon Marshall was traded along with a seventh round pick to the Jets for a fifth rounder.

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Bears Searching For Veteran Center Via Trade
The Bears are searching to acquire a veteran center via trade after losing starter Hroniss Grasu to a torn ACL early in camp.

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Jay Cutler Brushes Off Criticism From Martellus Bennett
Jay Cutler brushed off negative comments directed at him by Martellus Bennett, who questioned Cutler's on-field decision making in a recent ESPN The Magazine interview.

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Charles Tillman Retires After 13 NFL Seasons
Charles Tillman was a second round pick for the Bears in 2003 and was one of the leaders of their excellent defense for many years.

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Alshon Jeffery, Bears Remain Far Apart On Long-Term Contract
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Alshon Jeffery, Bears Continue To Discuss Long-Term Contract
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Manny Ramirez Retires After 10 Seasons
Just a few months after signing with the Bears, Manny Ramirez has decided to retire.


Jake Long Works Out For Bears
Jake Long is a logical candidate to add depth to the Bears' offensive line.

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Alshon Jeffery Nearly Certain To Play 2016 Under Franchise Tag
The Bears almost certainly will not agree upon a long-term deal with Alshon Jeffery before the July 15th deadline.

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Bears To Use 'Hot Hand' Strategy At Running Back
John Fox has always liked a running back by committee approach.

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Bears Sign Brian Hoyer To One-Year Deal
Six teams expressed interest in Brian Hoyer.

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Saints Match Josh Hill's Offer Sheet With Bears
Josh Hill's deal is worth up to $7.5 million over three years, with $3.25 million guaranteed.

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Patriots Agree To Trade With Bears For Martellus Bennett
The Patriots will likely swap mid to late round picks in exchange for Martellus Bennett.

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Zach Miller Signs Two-Year Deal With Bears
Chicago is currently shopping starting tight end Martellus Bennett, who is under contract through 2016.

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C.J. Anderson Chose Dolphins Despite More Money From Bears
C.J. Anderson chose the Dolphins' offer "in large part" because of his familiarity with new coach Adam Gase's offense.

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C.J. Anderson Receiving Interest From Dolphins, Bears, Pats, 49ers
The Broncos can match an offer but rival teams won't have to worry about giving up a draft pick in a deal for C.J. Anderson.

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Matt Forte Agrees To Sign With Jets
Matt Forte will help the Jets replace Chris Ivory.

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Bears Working With Martellus Bennett On Trade
Martellus Bennett is under contract for one more year.

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