By Eric Schmidt

The Chicago Bears started the 2013 season 3-0 and it looked as if they we poised to be a serious contender for the NFC North title. The franchise had finally addressed the longstanding offensive line issues and Jay Cutler was able to remain upright. The promising start quickly fell apart as the team lost three of their next four games and four of the next six. It now appears that the Bears season might be unraveling.

Head coach Marc Trestman acknowledged this afternoon that starting quarterback Jay Cutler has yet another injury, a high ankle sprain. Although Trestman named Cutler as week-to-week, he already has ruled him out for week 11 as the Bears face the Baltimore Ravens.

What becomes even more of an issue for the Bears is the announcement that CB Charles Tillman will miss two months with a torn triceps. Tilman was placed on the IR/return list, but with this current spiral, Tillman’s possible return to the team might come after the Bears have been eliminated for post-season consideration.

Cutler is in the last season of his contract. While the Bears finally improved the offensive line play, he continues to struggle to remain on the field. Chicago is going to have to make a serious decision whether or not to continue with Cutler guiding the team after this season.

A promising start looks to be slipping away quickly.

 

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