What has been widely reported all week has been officially confirmed by the Chicago Bears.
Starting quarterback Jay Cutler, who strained his hamstring in the team's Week 2 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Seahawks.
That gives way to backup quarterback Jimmy Clausen, who went 14-of-23 for 121 yards and an interception after Cutler went down in the second quarter of this past weekend's game. Clausen, in his sixth season out of Notre Dame, has started one game since the end of the 2010 season and owns a 1-10 career record as a starter.
Also ruled out for the Bears is Alshon Jeffery, the team's leading receiver the past two seasons. Jeffery, sidelined with a hamstring injury, was also out of the lineup for the team's Week 2 game against Arizona. Jeffery's absence could mean more targets for former Washington State Cougars standout Marquess Wilson, who's listed as Jeffery's backup and has three catches for 69 yards on the season. Free-agent addition Eddie Royal, running back Matt Forte, and tight end Martellus Bennett - the Bears' leading receiver and brother of Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett - could see more action in the passing game too with Jeffery on the mend.