Bears aren't going to go shopping for a quarterback

Caleb Hanie has six interceptions in two starts replacing Jay Cutler as the quarterback of the Chicago Bears but the team has no plans to bring in a veteran.

In fairness to Hanie, one of his interceptions in Sunday’s 10-3 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at Soldier Field went through the hands of wide receiver Roy Williams and was intercepted in the end zone. His final pick in the game came on a Hail Mary on the final play.

But the Bears have struggled on offense and now they will be without starting running back Matt Forte, who is sidelined with a sprained MCL in his right knee. Rookie fifth-round draft pick Nathan Enderle is the backup behind Hanie and journeyman Josh McCown is on the roster. The hope is Cutler will return before the regular season ends.

“We have our quarterbacks here now,” Bears coach Lovie Smith said. “We have three of them here now and another one is rehabbing who will come back hopefully this year. Those are our quarterbacks.”

So, no free agent on the street is in the team’s plans?

“That’s our group,” he said. “We’re going to make improvements with our group like all positions. We’re not looking on the outside. We’re not having a quarterback tryout or anything like that. These are our guys and we’re all going to get better.”

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