NFC NORTH

NFC NORTH: Injuries hit Bears and Packers hard

Posted Oct 21, 2013

Line-up adjustments will be made as Chicago and Green Bay deal with significant injuries suffered during Week 7 games

The landscape of the two teams in contention with the Lions for the NFC North will look a bit different for at least the next month.

Green Bay Packers TE Jermichael Finley is in an intensive care unit after suffering a neck injury during Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns.

According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the Packers announced after the injury that Finley has regained almost all movement.

"He couldn't move at the time," said Andrew Quarless to ESPN.com. "So I just told him, 'Just stay here, just lay here, don't move.'"

Finley suffered the injury when he was hit in the head by Browns' safety Tashaun Gipson early in the fourth quarter. He was taken off the field on a stretcher.

Quarless is the team's back-up tight end and has four receptions for 28 yards and no touchdowns.

Other tight ends: first-year pro Brandon Bostick (no receptions), rookie Jake Stoneburner (no receptions) and third-year pro Ryan Taylor (2 rec, 11 yards).

The Lions won't play the Packers again until Week 12 on Thanksgiving Day at Ford Field.

Jay CutlerQB Jay Cutler suffered a torn muscle at Washington. (Photo: AP Images)

For the Bears, QB Jay Cutler is expected to miss at least four weeks with a torn groin muscle and LB Lance Briggs approximately six weeks with a shoulder injury that includes a small fracture.

The Bears, who started 3-1, have lost three of their lost four, currently tied with the Lions in the NFC North with a 4-3 record.

Cutler suffered the injury when he was sacked early in the second quarter.

"He just got grabbed and turned over and he said he felt something pop," Bears head coach Marc Trestman said on chicagobears.com. "I'm encouraged by the prognosis that he’ll be back, and this bye couldn’t come at a better time."

A similar scenario played out in 2011 when the Bears lost Cutler to injury after starting the season 7-3. They finished the season 8-8 and missed the playoffs.

The next time the Bears take the field it will be against the Packers at Lambeau Field. The following week, it will be the Lions coming to town in the second of two meetings between the two teams.

The Lions won the first 40-32.