Bears place Cutler on injured reserve

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears have placed quarterback Jay Cutler on injured reserve because of a season-ending right shoulder injury.

The Bears announced the move Monday. Coach John Fox said last week that Cutler would not play again this season.

Cutler injured his shoulder during a loss to the New York Giants on Nov. 20, but finished the game. He made five starts this season and completed 81 of 137 passes for 1,059 yards with four touchdowns and five interceptions.

Because he doesn't have a high salary-cap figure for 2017, Cutler could be traded or cut in the offseason.

Matt Barkley has started the past two games for Chicago (3-9), including Sunday's win over San Francisco.

The Bears also signed defensive back Johnthan Banks and waived linebacker Lamin Barrow from injured reserve Monday.

Banks has appeared in 52 games with 37 starts over four seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2013-16) and Detroit Lions (2016). He has 132 tackles and seven interceptions in his career.

Barrow has appeared in 32 games for the Denver Broncos (2014) and Bears (2015).


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