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Injured quarterback updates: Cutler, Bradford and Foles all knocked out of Sunday’s games

It was a tough day for a few quarterbacks around the NFL. For the Bears and Rams, it might be a tough few weeks as they try to replace their injured starters.

Chicago's Jay Cutler, St. Louis' Sam Bradford and Philadelphia's Nick Foles were all knocked out of Sunday's games with injuries. Cutler and Bradford looked to be in a lot of pain from their injuries, and the respective teams have to be hoping the injuries aren't as bad as they looked.

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Bradford was dragged down by Panthers safety Mike Mitchell as he headed to the sideline. He went down in a lot of pain, was carted off and the Rams said it was a left knee injury.

He'll get an MRI when the team returns to St. Louis, but the initial reports don't sound promising. Pro Football Talk reported late Sunday night that Bradford has a torn ACL.

That injury could eliminate any chance the Rams have of being competitive this season. The Rams quietly had one of the worst backup situations in the NFL. Bradford's backup is Kellen Clemens, who has been in the NFL since 2006 and has an anemic 62.2 rating. The Rams are 3-4, but it's hard to imagine them staying in the playoff race is Bradford's knee injury ends his season or even keeps him out for a significant period of time.

The Bears don't have an exciting backup either, but at least he played well enough on Sunday to give them some hope.

Cutler was taken down on a sack and immediately grabbed his upper right leg. The Bears said he had a groin injury. He limped off the field very slowly, and went right back to the locker room. He walked in under his own power, but he was obviously in a lot of pain.

Josh McCown came in for Cutler, and played pretty well. He completed 14-of-20 passes for 204 yards and a touchdown. That probably has more to do with the Redskins' horrendous defense than McCown, but at least it gives the Bears some optimism that they can have a competent offense if Cutler is out a while.

The Eagles' situation at quarterback was clearing up well before Foles went out with a head injury.

Foles was awful before he came out of the game in the fourth quarter. Foles was 11-of-29 for 80 yards in three quarters in a 17-3 loss to Dallas. He probably lost any chance he had to keep the starting job when Michael Vick comes back from injury. Rookie Matt Barkley came in and threw three interceptions in the fourth quarter, so at least Foles doesn't have to worry about slipping to third on the depth chart. But he probably lost his job on Sunday, injury or not.

There was no immediate update on the severity of Foles' head injury.

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Frank Schwab is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdowncorner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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