Jay Cutler can start rehab soon

Updated: November 24, 2011, 4:03 PM ET

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler underwent surgery on his fractured right thumb on Wednesday in Vail, Colo., and he'll be able to begin rehab in a couple of days, the team announced via Twitter.

Bears coach Lovie Smith said Monday that he believes Cutler could return to the field near the tail end of the regular season.

"The plan is to get him back at the latter part of the regular season," Smith told reporters. "This is what I wanted to know, 'Was it a season-ending ...

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