The Chicago Bears announced on Thursday that their starting quarterback Jay Cutler will be out for Week 5 due a concussion he suffered in their loss to the New York Giants, 17-3. His replacement will be veteran quarterback Todd Collins. This will be Collins' first start since 2007 when he started the final three games of that season for the Washington Redskins. Collins is 38 years old and this is 16th NFL season. This is the first game Cutler will have ever missed, thus ending a 57-game streak. He did participate in practice on Wednesday, but the Bears have decided to err on the side of caution against the winless Carolina Panthers. Cutler was sacked nine time in the first half against the Giants.
Considering Cutler hasn't missed a game in his career, this concussion must have been a bigger issue than initially anticipated. At the same time, the opponent this week is the Carolina Panthers who will be without wide receiver Steve Smith. Carolina will have rookies starting at quarterback and both wide receiver positions. This should be a walk in the park for them, even in a road game. Collins is a vet and while he should be expected to dominate or carry the Bears to victory, this is more about giving Cutler more time to recover since Chicago can likely afford to keep him on the bench. Granted, he was sacked nine times last week so a day off of work doesn't seem very unreasonable.