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Jay Cutler Injury Update: Bears QB Past Thumb Issue, Playing Golf In Offseason, According To Report

A lot has been made about the Chicago Bears' search for a new general manager, their promotion of Mike Tice to offense coordinator, and their botched search for a passing game coordinator, but nothing for the Bears will go well if quarterback Jay Cutler does not return to form after having surgery to repair his injuring right thumb. As the end to the 2011 regular season proved, the team is nothing without their star quarterback.

The good news for Bears fans is that Cutler's thumb seems to be healing fine. Michael C Wright of ESPN Chicago has spoken with people close to the QB and heard that he is having no issue with his thumb and is even able to play golf at this point in the offseason. Given that it's almost impossible to effectively swing a golf club and play around without full strength in movement in the thumb of your dominant hand, this is good news for everyone involved with the Bears.

If Cutler truly is ready to come back and make a difference for the team at the start of the season, hopefully the new general manager will make drafting a big-play wide receiver a priority in the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft.

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