October 20th, 2013, turned out to be one of those Sundays. The kind of week that changes the complexion of the NFL season because of injuries to key players.
Meanwhile, a Chicago Bears source tells NFL Media columnist Mike Silver that Jay Cutler's groin injury "sounds bad." Cutler will undergo an MRI on Monday. It is definitely a groin injury, and not a hip injury. Josh McCown capably replaced Cutler on Sunday in the Bears' loss to the Washington Redskins, but it's hard to imagine the Bears, now 4-3, surviving for long without Cutler.
Here are the other big injuries from Sunday:
- NFL Media's Albert Breer has been told by Texans linebacker Brian Cushing that he believes he tore his LCL and broke his leg. Cushing believes he needs surgery and is thought to be done for the season. Darryl Sharpton figures to replace Cushing in the starting lineup. That could be the death knell for the Texans' 2013 season.
- Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley left the field on a stretcher because of a neck injury. He had feeling in all his extremities, the team announced. Rapoport has been told signs are good for Finley. Rapoport reported Finley spent the night in a hospital, per a source close to the player, as a precautionary move. "He's going to be fine," the source said.