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Jay Cutler Injury Update: Bears Preparing For QB's Lengthy Absence

The Chicago Bears are preparing for a lengthy absence from their starting quarterback.

We have a Jay Cutler injury update.

According to a report from Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Bears are "preparing for a lengthy absence" for the quarterback.

Cutler appeared to suffer the injury while getting slammed to the turf early in the third quarter. He remained in the game until the end of the third quarter before heading to the locker room. According to

Sources: #Bears QB Jay Cutler played through ligament damage in right thumb. He suffered it in Week 1 vs. Texans: https://t.co/YEmoGGibRO

— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) September 20, 2016

">Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun Times, however, Cutler may have injured the thumb in a Week 1 loss to the Houston Texans.

After the game, Cutler was seen wearing a cast on his right thumb and told reporters he was "concerned" about the injury. Cutler is scheduled to go through additional testing to determine if surgery will be needed to fix his thumb. Brian Hoyer took over in the fourth quarter and went 9-of-12 passing for 78 yards. The Bears travel to Dallas to take on the Cowboys in a Week 3 Sunday Night Football contest. Update:Jay Cutler could reportedly miss the remainder of the season.

Update No. 2: John Fox says Cutler has a right thumb sprain. His return timeline has yet to be revealed.