It may have been a blessing in disguise that Jay Cutler wasn't able to play in Monday night's embarrassing loss to the 49ers. Backup quarterback Jason Campbell took a beating, being sacked six times and pressured 11 other times. The Bears are lucky Campbell even made it through last night's debacle.
Despite the blowout, Cutler believes the Bears are still in the drivers seat.
"It is still one game and we don't need to hit the panic button or have DEFCON 5," Cutler told WMVP radio Monday morning. " It's one game, there's a lot of football left to play and we're still in the drivers seat. We're in a good position and we just got to fix it."
Cutler also took the time to explain the process that went into the process of him and Shea McClellin not being able to suit up due to their concussions.
"Before I even took the test I met with Lovie and our trainers. Me and Shea both passing or not passing the test, everyone was leaning towards us not playing," Cutler said. "They're explanations to me were they get concerned whenever you don't return back to normal and when you stay in that fog for weeks on end, that's when there's a level for concern."
With the Bears NFC North matchup against the Vikings five days away, there's still no word on whether or not Cutler will get the green light to play.
Wisconsin will reportedly be without one of its top defensive players for Saturday's big showdown with Michigan.
According to ESPN's Jesse Temple, Biegel will miss this weekend's game — and several more — after surgery to put a screw into his foot. This according to Biegel's father, Rocky.
Biegel's father said that his son is expected to miss two to four weeks, though the surgery was done now to avoid a full break in his foot that would sideline him for a longer period of time.
The loss of Biegel adds more bad injury news for a Wisconsin team not exactly playing at full strength.
Just Thursday, the Badgers announced that kicker Rafael Gaglianone will miss the remainder of the season with a back injury. Another starting linebacker, Chris Orr, suffered a season-ending injury in the team's season-opening game. And Wisconsin has been dealing with injury issues at the running back position throughout the season's first few weeks, with Corey Clement sitting out against Georgia State and both Bradrick Shaw and Taiwan Deal not playing against Michigan State.
Losing Biegel, though, is an especially tough blow. A leader of the defense, the senior has racked up 156 tackles in 46 career games with 35.5 tackles for loss, 18.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. This season, he's made nine tackles with two tackles for loss and a sack in four games.
The Wisconsin defense has been one of the nation's best, currently ranking seventh in the country in scoring defense (11.8 points per game) and 12th in total defense (277 yards per game).
After wins over top-10 LSU and Michigan State teams in the season's first four weeks, the eighth-ranked Badgers take on the fourth-ranked Wolverines on Saturday in Ann Arbor.