Injured quarterback Jay Cutler made the trip, but the Bears announced Saturday that running back Kadeem Carey and nose tackle Eddie Goldman did not make the trip and will not play Sunday night at Dallas.
All three had been listed as doubtful. Cutler suffered a thumb injury in last Monday’s game vs. the Eagles and did not practice all week.
Friday, September 23, 2016, 6:21pm
Bears QB Jay Cutler (right thumb, doubtful) missed practice all week and is doubtful for Week 3. Cutler is expected to miss 2-3 weeks, though there are reports that he’s pushing to play in Week 3. Brian Hoyer will start. He’s not much of a downgrade from Cutler at this point, so the Bears’ skill position players shouldn’t lose much value with Hoyer under center.
Thursday, September 22, 2016, 6:07pm
Bears QB Jay Cutler (right thumb) missed practice again Thursday. Cutler is expected to miss 2-3 weeks, though there are reports that he’s pushing to play in Week 3. Brian Hoyer will very likely start. He’s not much of a downgrade from Cutler at this point, so the Bears’ skill position players shouldn’t lose much value with Hoyer under center.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 6:15pm
Bears QB Jay Cutler (right thumb) did not practice Wednesday. Cutler is expected to miss 2-3 weeks. Brian Hoyer will start. He’s not much of a downgrade from Cutler at this point, so the Bears’ skill position players shouldn’t lose much value with Hoyer under center.
Related players: Brian Hoyer
Brian Hoyer is a serviceable replacement, though he doesn't have any fantasy appeal in one-QB leagues.
Cutler suffered a right thumb sprain during Monday's loss to the Eagles and currently is considered day to day, head coach John Fox told reporters Tuesday.
Related players: Brian Hoyer
The NFL.com story went on to say Fox said it doesn't appear that Cutler will need surgery on his thumb. This is a positive development after NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Bears were preparing for a lengthy absence for Cutler, while other reports said it could be a six-month recovery time if he needed surgery - threatening Cutler's season.
CSN Chicago is reporting Cutler played through ligament damage from Week 1 and could miss extended time. According to one of their sources, it's a typical three-to-four week injury Cutler is dealing with.
As of right now it appears Hoyer may have to play at least in Week 3.
They’re apparently debating the method of treatment now, whether he needs surgery to fix the injured thumb. He left last night in a cast, and said he couldn’t grip the ball properly, which contributed to an interception. Brian Hoyer came on in relief last night. He’s the only other quarterback on their 53-man roster, though they have Matt Barkley on their practice squad so they have to healthy arms to get them through practice while they decide on a direction, the story said.
And he is.
Via Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com, Cutler said he was having more tests done today to determine the severity of the injury.
“I’m concerned,” he said. “As a quarterback, you need your right thumb.”
Cutler said the injury affected his ability to grip the ball, which is why he came out in the third quarter and didn’t return. It may have also contributed to an interception which ended up being his final play, before Brian Hoyer came in to finish the loss to the Eagles. The veteran quarterback broke his thumb in November 2011 while trying to make a tackle, and it ended his season. He’s missed 15 games because of injury since 2010, the story said.
The Chicago Bears receiver has just one catch in each of the three contests. The trio of snatches has gone for a grand total of 12 yards, with a long of six. That's not exactly what the Bears had in mind after making him the No. 7 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
White's struggles continued Saturday afternoon in a 23-7 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs that saw the Bears' first-team offense rack up a whopping 20 yards on 18 first-half plays. For the day, White caught one pass for three yards on four targets, had a poor drop and ran a bad route in the red zone.
White missed all of last season due to injury and hasn't hit the ground running thus far in preseason.
"It's just growing pains," quarterback Jay Cutler said of his receiver, via CSN Chicago. "It's just kind of how it is, his 'rookie' year, not really playing a lot of college football... . We're working with him and he's doing everything he possibly can to work through it and be where it's supposed to be.
White has the size and speed to be a difference maker but has yet to flash any of that skill in the preseason. The Bears aren't even asking White to use all that talent. White ran a 4.35 40-yard-dash at the Combine, but Chicago is utilizing White mainly on bubble screens, shallow crossers and quick outs. The Bears haven't even attempted to stretch the field with the fast receiver, which is akin to buying a speed boat and never leaving the no-wake zone, the story said.
Ryan Tannehill has proved he’s athletic enough to be used in the read-option offense.
But the Dolphins quarterback might not be using his legs as much in Adam Gase’s offense. Gase, who most recently coached offenses that featured Jay Cutler and Peyton Manning, said he’s not sure how much read-option Miami will run this season.
“We’ll see how it goes with that,” Gase said. “I haven’t had great success in the past because I haven’t had a ton of mobile guys. But we have some things that we can use. We’re just going to kind of take it a little bit at a time. It’s hard to run against our defense. … We’ll probably focus on things like that more in walkthroughs and things like that. There will be a time and place for it, but once again when you’re putting the quarterback out there especially in the zone-read game, you just better make sure you’re right because you don’t want him taking unnecessary shots.”
Tannehill, who played as a wide receiver at Texas A&M, has run for 901 yards on 177 rush attempts (5.1 yards per carry) over his four NFL seasons. In Gase’s offense with the Bears last season, Cutler ran for 201 yards on 38 rush attempts. One of Tannehill’s strengths as a quarterback has been his ability to throw on the run outside of the pocket. But the Dolphins’ wide-nine defense featuring defensive ends Cameron Wake and Mario Williams has made it difficult for Tannehill to escape the pocket in training camp, the story said.
A serious calf injury kept Alshon Jeffery out of commission for the entire 2015 preseason.
Jay Cutler does not want to see history repeat itself.
As Jeffery slowly returns from a minor hamstring strain, the quarterback thinks it’s important for the Bears’ No. 1 receiver to play in exhibition games.
“I think it’s going to be important for him to get a few reps out there, just to get used to football,” Cutler said Monday. “He’s been kind of on and off at camp, so just getting three games, four games in or just getting some reps, just getting his conditioning, will help him get ready to play football. Get some soreness and work through that, I think that would be good for him.”
Last year, Jeffery suffered a calf strain in a closed walk-through practice that forced him to miss all four of the Bears’ preseason contests. He returned to the lineup in Week 1, but wound up battling injuries throughout the year. Following the Bears’ decision to apply the franchise tag, Jeffery stayed away from the team’s voluntary offseason workout program. He reported to camp in good shape but tweaked his hamstring Aug. 3. On Monday, Jeffery did dress in full pads but worked exclusively on a side field. Jeffery is not expected to be active for Chicago's preseason debut Thursday night against the Denver Broncos, but his ultra-limited participation Monday is a sign the wideout’s health is improving, the story all said.
Cutler is pleased with how the offense is progressing, but he conceded that Wednesday's practice wasn't the unit's best since arriving in Bourbonnais.
"We're getting there," Cutler said. "I thought today was a kind of a half step back after the off day. We started off fast, but didn't end that well. The o-line has played really well in the five, six, seven practices we've had. Receivers have kind of been up and down a little bit. But overall I think we're definitely making some big steps."
Among the things Cutler mentioned was wanting Kevin White to use his speed more and how Alshon Jeffery has looked good despite leaving practice today with muscle tightness. He added the stars of the camp have been the offensive line and the holes they've made for Jeremy Langford and Ka'Deem Carey. Cutler has the weapons around him and could have fantasy value considering his ADP of the 17th round.
The feeling around the team is that Bears WR Kevin White is going to prove to be worth the wait. He drew positive reviews from his position coach during offseason work and quarterback Jay Cutler thinks the sky is the limit for White once he has a full grasp of the offense.
“He’s got a lot of things he’s processing, thinking through,” Cutler said, via ESPN.com. “I think for anybody taking a year off football, jumping back into it is going to be hard. A rookie missing kind of that vital year, where you learn so much that first year jumping into that second year, it’s a big miss for him. But he’s so physically gifted I think he’s going to make it up really, really quickly. It’s just a matter of him letting those athletic gifts come through and him getting comfortable with the system and the verbiage and the splits and everything else that he’s going to learn, and being at a place where he doesn’t have to think and can just go out and play football. I think once we hit a fast-forward button and get to that point, he’s going to be something special.”
Although it's early, reports on White have all been positive. Keep in mind, he still has no NFL experience, but a big impact may not be out of the question because the Bears will need him. White is 37th on our WR list which is a low-end WR3. He could be a nice grab between rounds 8-10.
QB Jay Cutler and White spent time together in the offseason, away from football, and one result is the receiver understanding what his quarterback needs and demands.
White was practicing late last season before the Bears opted to leave him shut down after their season. The lost season set him behind on his learning curve, particularly given his relative inexperience playing at the highest level at West Virginia. But the Bears also gave White’s injury time to heal rather than rush their No. 7-overall draft choice onto the field. The time off allowed more than just the stress-fracture surgery to mend. It's a good sign for the Bears offense that White is looking impressive early on.
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