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    Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler suffered a muscle tear in his groin Sunday and will miss at least four weeks, the team announced Monday.

    An MRI on Monday confirmed the diagnosis.

    Cutler suffered the injury with 10:09 remaining in the second quarter of the Bears' 45-41 loss to the Washington Redskins while being slammed to the ground on a sack by Chris Baker.

    In the meantime, the Bears (4-3) are set to bring in Jordan Palmer as a potential backup to Josh McCown, a source told ESPN. The Bears signed Palmer and Trent Edwards at the end of the preseason after former No. 3 quarterback Matt Blanchard fractured a knuckle on his throwing hand.

    Trestman on Monday said the addition of Palmer was "certainly an option."

    "We're just going to sit back here today and evaluate the game and coach our guys up to the best of our availability, and we'll see where Jay is at and what the prognosis is for the next couple weeks and work from there, but Jordan certainly is an option," Trestman said in an interview with WBBM-AM in Chicago.

    Cutler appeared to suffer the injury as Baker swung him to the ground, causing the quarterback's lower body to slam down on top of the defensive end's knee. Cutler eventually limped off the field under his own power, and the team's medical staff immediately walked him into the locker room.

    McCown filled in and completed 14 of 20 passes for 204 yards, including a 7-yard touchdown pass to Martellus Bennett in the fourth quarter. McCown finished the game with a passer rating of 119.6.

    Before the injury, Cutler was 3-of-8 passing for 28 yards and had an interception returned 29 yards for a touchdown by Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo.

    Cutler hasn't missed time since Nov. 11 of last season, when he sustained a concussion against the Houston Texans that forced him out the next week against the San Francisco 49ers. In 2011, Cutler missed the club's final six games because of a broken thumb, and the Bears lost five of those games. Bears reporter Michael C. Wright, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter and's Field Yates contributed to this report.

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    Tough break for the Bears..
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