As any Chicago Bears fan can attest, these past two weeks have been torture. First, we are 7-3 with an edge over several other wild card playoff teams, THEN tragedy struck! Jay Cutler, the quarterback we always knew he could be, was OUT with a broken thumb. I get a lot of questions about what seems to us as fans as ‘little injuries’ for foot related problems (Baltimore Ravens Linebacker, Ray Lewis’ Turf toe will be a post NEXT week!). But as I am not familiar with Cutler’s injury I decided to investigate…
Here’s the nitty-gritty of what’s going on and how LONG we have to deal with Caleb Hanie!
Jay has a “Bennett fracture” first described in 1882. The reason it is a problem (especially for professional athletes!) is that it is intra-articular – it passes through the thumb and hand joint space (carpo-metatacarpal). High incidence of arthritis for ANYONE, so it is important to treat it early and get good reduction of the injury – especially an NFL Quarterback on his throwing hand L
Jay had surgery on November 23rd and reported that his orthopedic surgeon placed three screws and two pins to reduce and stabilize the fracture. The pins can come out quickly IF the soft tissues heal around correctly, most importantly the abductor pollicis longus muscle attachment – the muscle that lets us grasp and pinch things like a football!
According to Cutler, we may see him back in time for the Week 17 game versus Minnesota. That would be cutting it close but HOPEFULLY the Bears can pull out 3 more wins (I am predicting that they will kill the Broncos, Seahawks, AND Vikings!! Even with Forte out, I love my Bears! And beating Green Bay would be AWESOME!) and get that wild card spot – déjà vu from last year with our beloved Bears will run that table and make it to Indianapolis in February!!! (I have a great baby Bears cheerleader onsie from my friend Tricia that will be perfect for our Super Bowl Party!!)