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Report: Dolphins believe Cutler has two cracked ribs, more tests coming

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Miami Dolphins starting quarterback Jay Cutler was forced from the team’s 31-28 victory over the New York Jets after a hit in the third quarter. Cutler was driven to the ground as he attempted a deep pass to Kenny Stills, a hit that looked like it could have injured his left, non-throwing, shoulder. However, after tests on the sideline and in the locker room, Cutler was listed as having a chest injury.

After the game, head coach Adam Gase was asked about Cutler’s status. He explained, “Right now, they’re going to take him to get a MRI, x-ray, all that stuff, figure out what’s … Confirm. They kind of have an idea. I didn’t really get into it with them. It’s something with his chest – the chest, kind of ribs area.”

He continued, speaking about the idea of Cutler being ready for Thursday night’s game against the Baltimore Ravens, of if the team would be using backup Matt Moore, who came into the game and led two touchdown drives. “I’ll get there,” Gase said. “I’ll probably have a better feel tonight, a little later. It’s just hard for me to say anything right now.”

According to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Dolphins have a more exact idea of what the issue is with Cutler, and they will likely be without him for the next few weeks. Via Twitter, Schefter reported that the “Dolphins believe QB Jay Cutler suffered two cracked ribs.” He goes on to say more tests will be coming, but that it could sideline the quarterback for two to three weeks.

The Dolphins, 4-2 on the season, visit the Ravens on Thursday Night Football for Week 8, then have ten days off until their Week 9 game against the Oakland Raiders in Miami. That game is currently slated to be a Sunday Night Football game, but could be flexed out of the time slot this week. Miami will visit the Carolina Panthers in Week 10.

Cutler finished the game 12-for-16 for 138 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, giving him a season high 114.1 passer rating. Moore went 13-for-21 for 188 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, with a 102.9 passer rating, in relief.