GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) _ Chicago rookie quarterback Cade McNown sprained his right knee and was lost for the game early in the first quarter of the Bears’ meeting with the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
The injury didn’t appear to result from one particular hit. McNown could be seen flexing his knee during the Bears’ second drive of the game, and he was examined by doctors after Chicago was forced to punt with 9:19 left in the first quarter.
McNown, his knee heavily wrapped, was put on a cart and taken to the Packers’ locker room, presumably for X-rays. The Bears put Jim Miller, the third player on the quarterbacks’ depth chart, in the game after Green Bay kicked a field goal with 4:46 left in the quarter.
The Bears lost starter Shane Matthews late in last week’s 48-22 loss to the Washington Redskins when he reaggravated a pulled hamstring. With Matthews inactive and McNown injured, Miller is the only healthy quarterback remaining on the Bears’ roster.
McNown was making the third start of his rookie season. The Bears listed their emergency quarterback as wide receiver Marty Booker.