The Chicago Bears announced that quarterback Jay Cutler and running back Matt Forte have been placed on injured reserve.
Cutler has missed the last five weeks with a broken right thumb that required surgery late last month. Cutler was to have the pins from that procedure removed on Tuesday, but was unlikely to play in the regular season finale against the Minnesota Vikings. Forte sustained a sprained MCL on December 4 and had missed the last three games.
At the time of Cutler’s injury, the Bears were at 7-3 and in position to make the NFC Playoffs. The Bears have lost five straight without Cutler — and three straight without Forte — and at 7-8, are officially eliminated from the post-season.
Forte is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason.
The Bears have not immediately announced who will replace Cutler and Forte on the 53-man roster.