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Bears QB Jay Cutler to have season-ending shoulder surgery

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LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler will have season-ending surgery on his right shoulder, the latest blow in a lost season for the Bears.

Coach John Fox announced Thursday that the veteran quarterback will have an operation to repair the labrum in his shoulder on Saturday. Matt Barkley figures to start his second straight game when the Bears (2-9) host San Francisco (1-10) in a matchup between struggling teams on Sunday.

Cutler injured his shoulder during a loss to the New York Giants on Nov. 20 but finished the game. Fox initially insisted the injury was not season-ending. But after working through treatment options, Cutler won't play again this season and he may have thrown his last pass for Chicago.

He no longer has a high salary-cap figure, so it becomes more likely he could be traded or cut in the offseason.

Cutler, who also missed five games because of a sprained right thumb, made five starts this season and completed 81 of 137 passes for 1,059 yards with four touchdowns and five interceptions.

He has played eight seasons with the Bears and is the franchise's all-time leader in just about every passing category, including attempts (3,271), completions (2,020), yards (23,443) and touchdowns (154). But the Bears has steadily fallen to the middle of the pack or worse in the NFC in recent seasons.


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