Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and long snapper Patrick Mannelly will each undergo surgery, the team's website said on its official Twitter account.
Initially, the Bears website said Cutler's surgery was scheduled for Tuesday but then later said that wasn't the case. It concluded by saying the "Bears are hopeful he'll return before end of regular season."
But Dr. Steve Shin, a hand surgeon based in Los Angeles, told the Sun-Times that a surgery usually requires six to eight weeks for recovery. An athlete, though, could resume throwing three weeks after surgery, then the rest depends on a person's threshold for pain.
In the meantime, the Bears are expected to start Caleb Hanie but sign a veteran to back him up.
Meanwhile, the team website confirmed a Sun-Times report that Mannelly suffered a season-ending injury. The team said he ruptured his ACL.