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Sprained thumb could leave struggling Bears without Cutler

The struggling Chicago Bears might have to get by without quarterback Jay Cutler.

Coach John Fox said Cutler has a sprained right thumb that does not appear to require surgery and would not rule him out for this weekend's game against the Dallas Cowboys.

If he is not ready, Brian Hoyer will start.

"It's hard for me to give timelines," Fox said on Tuesday. "We'll evaluate tomorrow. We've got practice tomorrow, we're on a short week already. If Jay's ready to do it, fine. If not, we'll go with Brian Hoyer."

Cutler topped a long list of players injured in Monday's 29-14 loss to Philadelphia.

The defense was hit hard, with linebacker...