Bears kicker Gould has calf strain; Cutler leaves

    2012-12-09 15:10

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has left the game at Minnesota.

Cutler took a hit to the head in the fourth quarter Sunday by Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen that drew a penalty. Cutler stayed in for the rest of that drive, but when the Bears got the ball back Jason Campbell was in the game instead.

There was no immediate word whether Cutler was injured, but he got up slowly after the hit and had his hands on his knees for several seconds before composing himself for the next play.

The Bears were already missing three defensive starters: nose tackle Stephen Paea, linebacker Brian Urlacher and cornerback Tim Jennings, plus wide receiver Earl Bennett. Their health situation worsened during the game.

Kicker Robbie Gould strained his left calf in warm-ups, limiting his ability to take long kicks. He was kicking midrange field goals without trouble shortly before the game started, but punter Adam Podlesh handled the kickoffs. The Bears reached the Vikings 35-yard line late in the first quarter, and Podlesh came out to punt. Gould made the extra point after Chicago's second-quarter touchdown.

Defensive tackle Henry Melton limped off in the first quarter and was taken to the locker room on a cart. He returned in the second quarter but then hurt his shoulder, and his return was announced as questionable. Backup defensive end Shea McClellin was also injured in the second quarter, and his return with a knee injury was questionable.


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