NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Hoyer specifically broke his radius and that, while surgery is considered likely, a late-season return is possible.
Barkley was once considered a top prospect while at USC, but fell to the fourth round of the 2013 draft. He hadn't attempted a regular season pass since 2014 while with the Eagles, and spent a season in Arizona before joining the Bears. No matter how much Phil Simms attempts to talk up Barkley, film on him is limited, as is his NFL experience.
Barkley engineered a 54-yard drive on his first possession of the game, which ended in a 39-yard field goal from Connor Barth.
On whether Phillips saw any situation where Cutler got his job back, before Hoyer's injury on Thursday, the Bears CEO told Rapoport, "I think it's premature to talk about that. But we're happy with Jay, we're happy with Brian, and we have two quarterbacks that can hopefully turn the season around for us."
Hoyer had made a fairly strong case to retain the job no matter the status of Cutler, posting four straight 300-yard games with six total touchdowns and zero interceptions. But with injuries sidelining both and the timetable for Hoyer's return unknown, the door might have been opened slightly more for Cutler to get another shot at taking back his job.