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Bears need Cutler to be stabilizing force with injuries after getting banged up

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)  (The Associated Press)

If ever the Chicago Bears needed Jay Cutler to be a stabilizing force, this would seem to be the time.

Two Pro Bowl receivers and a pair of starting offensive lineman are injured. The Bears are coming off a brutal season-opening loss, and they're staring at a matchup with San Francisco this weekend that could make even the healthiest teams blink.

No need to remind Cutler. He understands what he has to do.

The Bears could have two spots on the offensive line manned by reserves with center Roberto Garza and left guard Matt Slauson nursing ankle injuries. Pro Bowl receivers Brandon Marshall (ankle) and Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) could be out.

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