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Bears LB Danny Trevathan to have thumb surgery

Bears LB Danny Trevathan to have thumb surgery

AKE FOREST, Ill. — Chicago Bears inside linebacker Danny Trevathan will have thumb surgery on Wednesday morning, coach John Fox said.

Fox stressed that Trevathan’s injury is not season-ending, but the veteran linebacker is sidelined indefinitely.

Trevathan, a core member of the Denver Broncos’ Super Bowl 50 championship defense, signed a four-year deal with Chicago that included $12 million in guarantees.

Meanwhile, Fox confirmed to WBBM-AM 780 on Tuesday night that Bears linebacker Lamarr Houston tore the ACL in his left knee and will miss the rest of the season. Houston previously tore his ACL in 2014 while celebrating a meaningless sack in a Bears blowout loss at New England.

In other injury news for the Bears, nose tackle Eddie Goldman has a high ankle sprain, while defensive backs Adrian Amos and Bryce Callahan are in the NFL’s concussion protocol.

The Bears were 7-3 after beating the Chargers but lost their next five games and didn’t make the playoffs.

“I think Jay probably originally hurt his thumb five years ago,” Fox said. “But he practiced every play of practice last week, I think you guys were out there.”

An eight-year NFL veteran, Hoyer, 30, passed for 2,606 yards, 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions for the Houston Texans last year. However, Hoyer tossed four interceptions in Houston’s playoff loss to Kansas City that prompted the Texans to release him in the offseason.

The Bears signed Hoyer to a one-year deal that included $750,000 in guarantees.

“Not really [sure if he can play this week], we’ll just take it day to day,” Fox said. “Brian Hoyer stepped in and did a pretty good job. We’ll evaluate that tomorrow and split up practice as need be.”

Cutler acknowledged he was “concerned” about the injury after Monday night’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, saying he aggravated the injury earlier in the game and that he “couldn’t really grip the ball.”

Cutler said the injury contributed to his throwing an interception to Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham with 36 seconds left in the third quarter.

That turned out to be Cutler’s final play of the game.

“I couldn’t get as much on it as I wanted to, to put it over the top of that ‘backer,” Cutler said of the interception. “It was unfortunate, hurt the team. I knew I was putting the team, especially the offense, in jeopardy at that point. … I knew my day was done.”

According to ESPN Stats & Information, Graham has gone out into pass routes 62.1 percent of the time and blocked on 37.9 percent of his snaps.

QB Carson Wentz, Eagles cram for Browns

QB Carson Wentz, Eagles cram for Browns

PHILADELPHIA — The fire alarm went off inside the NovCare auditorium just a few minutes into coach Doug Pederson’s news conference Wednesday.

Pederson briefly walked away from the podium, stuck his head out the side door, and declared with a smile, “No smoke out here.”

As far as player-specific tweaks to the game plan, Pederson noted that Wentz’s athleticism “may open up a run or two there that we can utilize, but we’ve gotta be smart with that and just protect him early. I just know having been in the position that when quarterbacks get hit early it affects you the rest of the game.”

Wentz should have a full complement of players around him. No word has come down regarding right tackle Lane Johnson’s suspension, so he should be available. And Pederson noted that everyone is expected to practice on Wednesday including defensive end Vinny Curry, who could be limited.

Rookie free safety Darian Thompson missed the previous two weeks with a shoulder injury, but he practiced Wednesday in a limited capacity. Thompson is wearing a harness and is expected to play — and likely start — Sunday against the Cowboys. The key is to see how he does in Thursday’s fully padded practice. If Thompson can’t play, Nat Berhe has been taking first-team reps in his place. Overall, the Giants are relatively healthy. All 53 players on their active roster practiced Wednesday and are expected to play in the opener. The Giants also didn’t lose a projected starter to injury this spring or summer. — Jordan Raanan

Rookie quarterback Carson Wentz has been cleared for action after sitting out most of the preseason with a hairline rib fracture. Coach Doug Pederson announced that every Eagles player practiced Wednesday, including defensive end Vinny Curry, who was eased in after missing some time with a knee injury. Wide receiver Jordan Matthews missed the preseason with a knee injury of his own, but he is expected to be full go. The Eagles are in good health overall heading into Week 1. — Tim McManus

Running back Matt Jones was full go in practice Wednesday and didn’t need to wear a yellow no-contact jersey like he had to on Monday. The expectation remains that Jones will play Monday vs. Pittsburgh after missing two weeks of practice with a sprained left shoulder. Rookie wide receiver Josh Doctson practiced Monday, but he was limited Wednesday and it’s uncertain if he’ll play against the Steelers as he returns from Achilles tendonitis. — John Keim