The Chicago Tribune is reporting Bears quarterback Jay Cutler broke his right thumb during Sunday’s 31-20 victory over the San Diego Chargers and will miss six to eight weeks.
The Bears declined comment. Cutler’s agent, Bus Cook, did not return messages.
The Tribune reported Cutler was injured trying to prevent a touchdown on a 64-yard interception return by San Diego’s Antoine Cason in the fourth quarter. Cutler got knocked to the ground by former Huskies linebacker Donald Butler.
Cutler stayed in the game and finished with 286 yards passing. He took longer than usual to come out for his postgame news conference but showed no visible signs of an injury.
It was a rough day for a couple of the NFL’s top running backs as well.
Buffalo’s Fred Jackson and Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson each left their games with injuries.
Jackson, who began the day leading the league in rushing, sat out much of the second half of the Bills’ 35-8 loss at Miami with a bruised right calf. X-rays were negative for fractures.
“I’ll be all right. It’s just a bruise right now,” he said. “I’ll get some treatment on it this week and see what happens.”
Peterson left the Vikings’ 27-21 loss to Oakland early in the second quarter after a nifty 12-yard run. He lost the shoe on his right foot during the run and his left ankle rolled as he was pulled down from behind by a couple of Raiders defenders.
Peterson limped off the field and was taken by cart to the locker room for X-rays, which were negative. He was scheduled to have a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam today to make sure there was no more damage, but Peterson said he hoped to play next Sunday at Atlanta.
Oakland wide receiver Darius Heyward-Bey left after taking a hard hit to the head and needing to be carted off the field with his neck stabilized.
Raiders coach Hue Jackson said Heyward-Bey had movement in all of his limbs and would likely make the trip back to Oakland with the team and be evaluated there.
RAIDERS COACH JACKSON RIPS OFFICIALS
Jackson also said he has held his tongue long enough when it comes to NFL officiating.
The Raiders coach ripped the officiating crew after Oakland beat Minnesota, saying he doesn’t “even know what football is right now.”
The Raiders were penalized 12 times for 117 yards. Four of those penalties were personal fouls for hits deemed illegal by referee Jerome Boger’s crew.
49ERS’ GOLDSON EJECTED
San Francisco safety Dashon Goldson was ejected from the 49ers’ game against Arizona after getting into a fight and punching Cardinals wide receiver Early Doucet in the fourth quarter.
Goldson, who played for the University of Washington, was on the ground after the 49ers sacked backup quarterback Richard Bartel when Doucet appeared to hit him in the helmet. Goldson jumped to his feet and went after Doucet, throwing a left-right combination to Doucet’s shoulder pads and facemask. Goldson continued to throw punches and Doucet fought back before players from both teams separated the two.
Goldson was flagged for a personal foul and ejected. The penalty gave Arizona an automatic first down and the Cardinals went on to score a touchdown when Bartel threw a 23-yard pass to Larry Fitzgerald.