Brian Hoyer and Jay Cutler have just switched roles.
Cutler’s career with the Chicago Bears seemed to be on thin ice after suffering a thumb injury that sidelined him for most of the regular season. All the while, Hoyer was passing for 300 yards per game as his replacement.
Now Cutler is deemed healthy and Hoyer is on the shelf.
The Bears announced on Monday that Cutler has been cleared to play. A couple hours later, ESPN’s Adam Caplan announced that Chicago placed Hoyer on injured reserve.
Cutler hasn’t played since Week 2. The 11-year quarterback has just a 75.7 passer rating in two games this season.
Hoyer broke his left arm in last Thursday’s loss to the Green Bay Packers. Despite the Bears’ poor record, Hoyer was playing well enough to hold off Cutler. The well-traveled quarterback threw 6 touchdown passes in six games and had a 98.0 passer rating.
His injury likely will keep him out for the remainder of the season, leaving the job to Cutler once again with Matt Barkley as Chicago’s backup.
The Bears also cut running back Joique Bell on Monday, via ESPN.