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Bears Placing QB Jay Cutler On Injured Reserve Following Shoulder Surgery

Bears HC John Fox told reporters on Thursday that they will be placing QB Jay Cutler on injured reserve after he undergoes labrum surgery this Saturday.

The Bears exhausted all of their options to prevent him from being placed on injured reserve but it appears as though the injury was serious enough to end his season.

You have to wonder if we’ve already seen the last of Cutler with the Bears.

The Bears will move forward with Matt Barkley as their starting quarterback and David Fales as his backup.

Cutler, 33, is in the third year of his seven-year, $126.7 million contract that included $54 million guaranteed and stands to make a base salary of $16 million for the 2016 season.

Cutler has no guaranteed money left on his contract and Chicago would only take a $2 million salary cap hit by releasing him next year. The Bears would pick up $13 million in salary-cap space should they cut him loose.

In 2016, Cutler has appeared in five games and throw for 1,059 yards while completing 59.1 percent of his passes to go along with four touchdowns and five interceptions. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 32 quarterback out of 35 qualifying players.