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Reports of Bears' demise exaggerated

Jay Cutler's injury notwithstanding, Chicago can make playoffs with Caleb Hanie

Updated: November 21, 2011, 7:28 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

LAKE FOREST -- Contrary to Twitter reports, the flag in front of Halas Hall was not at half-mast Monday morning. The Bears' season is not dead, though it felt like that Sunday night after news trickled out that Jay Cutler had fractured the thumb on his throwing hand, requiring surgery and very possibly sidelining him for at least the remainder of the regular season.

Calls were immediately placed to Kurt Warner and Marc Bulger (by reporters, not the Bears). Orthopedic surgeons were consulted. ...

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