Report: Miami Dolphins fear QB Jay Cutler has cracked ribs

Jay Cutler could be out with a rib injury. (AP)

MIAMI GARDENS–The Dolphins believe quarterback Jay Cutler suffered two cracked ribs in today’s 31-28 win over the Jets, ESPN reported.

Cutler exited after taking a hard hit from New York linebacker Jordan Jenkins in the third quarter and was grabbing the left side of his chest as he headed to the locker room. Matt Moore replaced him and led the team to a comeback from 28-14 down.

Gase said after the game the medical staff had an idea of what Cutler’s injury was, but needed an MRI and other tests to confirm. He expected to have clarity on his status by tonight.

“I didn’t really get into it with them,” Gase said. “It’s something with his chest – the chest and ribs area… It’s just hard for me to say anything right now.”

While it is possible to play through a cracked rib, that’s going to be especially challenging for Cutler given the short turnaround for Thursday night’s game in Baltimore. ESPN reported that the team expects him to miss at least two weeks, which would leave Moore as the starter against the Ravens and for the Nov. 5 home game against the Raiders, and possibly beyond.

Cutler completed 12 of 16 passes for 138 yards with two touchdowns and one interception before leaving the game. Moore went 13 for 21 and piled up 188 yards to go with two touchdowns and a pick.

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