Jay Cutler injury affects AFC West

An interesting AFC West storyline may fall by the wayside.

ESPN Chicago is reporting Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is facing surgery for a broken thumb and it could keep him out for the rest of the regular season.

He was hurt in a 31-20 win over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. The Bears play the other three AFC West teams in the next three weeks. The Bears play at Oakland on Sunday, host Kansas City on Dec. 4 and plays at Denver on Dec. 11.

Denver has been anticipating the Dec. 11 game because would be Cutler's first visit to Denver in the regular season since he was traded to the Bears in 2009.

Regardless of that drama, if Bears are without Cutler during the next three weeks, each team’s chances of beating the Bears has increased.