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Jay Cutler to have thumb surgery

Updated: November 22, 2011, 5:49 AM ET
ESPNChicago.com

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will undergo surgery on the thumb on his throwing hand after breaking it during Sunday's 31-20 victory over the San Diego Chargers.

The team initially said the surgery would take place Tuesday but quickly changed that statement to say a date hasn't been set. Head coach Lovie Smith insisted Monday that the plan is for Cutler return before the playoffs.

"He'll be out an extended period of time," Smith said. "The plan now is for him to have ...

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