Bears quarterback Brian Hoyer suffered a broken left arm during the second quarter of Thursday night's 26-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
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.
Hoyer could be seen holding his left arm after he was hit by Julius Peppers. He left for the locker room shortly after exiting the field for the sideline. Matt Barkley took over at quarterback for the Bears a short time later.
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.
It's an interesting twist to what Rapoport reported earlier Thursday, that Bears CEO Ted Phillips said it was too early to rule outJay Cutler's return as starting quarterback.
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.