QB Wentz comes through again as Eagles beat Bears

Cutler missed the final six games of the 2011 season when he broke the thumb, which required surgery.

He has skipped several throws short of receivers, has been errant on short passes, underthrown deep balls, and had a bad fumble on Monday night in which the ball popped right out of his hands.

NOTES: Pederson said RT Lane Johnson will start until a decision is made on the appeal of his 10-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

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 to Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham with 36 seconds left in the third quarter.

What few of us knew, except maybe the coaches and players, was that this guy was uniquely qualified to succeed right away. But the rash of injuries they suffered against the Eagles could deplete their roster at key positions as they prepare for Sunday night’s game in Dallas. I knew I was putting the team, especially the offense, in jeopardy at that point. He’s basically the exact sort of quarterback you want in the AFC North, because of his physicality.

The former 49ers coach and current coach at MI stuck up for Cutler during an appearance on “The Dan Patrick Show”.

That said, Cutler’s swift recovery from his most recent injury-a torn adductor muscle in his groin in 2013 from which he returned after missing only two weeks-means that a quick comeback might not be out of the question here.

Chicago inked him to a four-year, $24.5 million contract on the heels of a season that saw him register 109 tackles and two interceptions, as well as a Super Bowl championship with the Denver Broncos.

Fox wouldn’t eliminate surgery “down the road”, but it doesn’t appear he’ll need it to return.

“I think everyone was probably a little taken back by what happened”, Cutler said. “I’ve mentioned that in the past”. “I think that’s one of Carson’s strengths, is he continues to have that vision down the field when things begin to break down”. Right now we’re not playing as crisp as we need to on offense. I came off after those plays and was kind of crabby at myself as well. “All our signatures are on it”. Wentz made the future of the Eagles look good in a poised but not ideal performance where he completed 21-of-34 passes for 190 yards and a touchdown.

That Cutler was injured Monday night, rather than a typical Sunday afternoon, doesn’t help his chances of playing against the Cowboys.

“We’ve been our own worst enemy”, Fox said.

“We have all the confidence in the world that he can get the job done and he’s our leader and he takes charge of this team and he’s grabbed the team by the reigns and running with it so we’re just following him”, said Lane Johnson, Eagles offensive lineman. If Jay’s ready to do it, fine.

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