CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 20: Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears throws a touchdown pass under pressure from Antwan Barnes #98 of the San Diego Chargers at Soldier Field on November 20, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Chargers 31-20. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Jay Culter Injury: Bears QB Will Not Return Until Next Season

The Chicago Bears signed veteran backup Josh McCown after being denied a claim on Kyle Orton in the wake of Jay Cutler's thumb injury.

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Brett Favre Rumors: The Jay Cutler Injury May Open Door For Another Comeback

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Chicago Bears, struggling in the absence of starting QB Jay Cutler, might be able to acquire former NFL superstar Brett Favre:

A source familiar with a certain QB in Mississippi told that that QB would listen if the Bears made a pitch. 45 minutes ago via WhoSay · powered by @socialditto

Favre, who lives in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, retired following the 2010 season after Bears defensive lineman Corey Wootton delivered a season-ending sack and concussion on December 20, 2010. The former Green Bay Packers quarterback turned 42 in 2011 after having played 16 years in the NFL.

Though the Bears have repeatedly affirmed their trust in the current quarterback staff -- which includes fourth-year pro Caleb Hanie, 32-year-old veteran Josh McCown, and rookie Nathan Enderle -- continued disappointment from the Bears offense could force Chicago to make an additional move.

Since Jay Cutler's injury, the Bears have gone 0-2, scoring only 3 points in Week 13's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Jay Cutler Injury Update: Lovie Smith Says Chicago Bears Will Pursue Veteran QB

In a noon press conference on Monday, Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith announced the team will pursue the services of free agent veteran quarterback. Coach Smith said the Bears expect to get Cutler back late in the year, but still anticipate signing an additional QB to backup Caleb Hanie, saying,  "The plan is to look for a veteran, preferably."

Lovie confirmed the Bears will move forward with 4th-year pro Caleb Hanie, an undrafted free agent out of Colorado St. as their starting QB. Concerning Cutler's return, Smith said "not today, but hopefully fairly quick," later suggesting the the Bears may get Jay Cutler back in time for a late-season Superbowl push: "Was it a season-ending injury? No."

Smith tipped his hand a little on the Bears future gameplan, suggesting the Bears will employ a toned-down version of the offensive playbook, saying, "Offensively, we're going to be relying on a our running game a bit more."

Smith also said the Bears will place long-time long-snapper Patrick Mannelly on the injured reserve (IR), and he intimated the team will possibly look for external solutions to their long-snapping needs.

Quotes transcribed from ESPN AM 1000 live broadcast.

Fore more coverage on the Chicago Bears, head to Windy City Gridiron. Stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago for more breaking news and up-to-the minute coverage on the Jay Culter injury.

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