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Fundamentals cost Cutler, Bears

– Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman had no major problem with Jay Cutler’s decisions. His fundamentals were another issue.

Cutler threw three interceptions, lost a fumble and the Bears lost for the first time under Trestman with their 40-32 defeat in Detroit on Sunday. With Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints coming in this weekend, Chicago (3-1) can’t afford a letdown from anyone, let alone its quarterback.

Against the Lions, the Bears were outplayed in just about every area. The defense gave up 139 yards rushing to Reggie Bush. Special teams struggled, but Cutler stood out for all the wrong reasons.

Poor footwork led to an underthrown floater and an interception that Glover Quin returned 42 yards to the Chicago 2. That led to a 2-yard TD catch for Calvin Johnson.

In the third quarter, Louis Delmas picked off a pass that sailed on Cutler. Then, Cutler held on too long before getting sacked by Ndamukong Suh, and Nick Fairley returned the fumble 4 yards for a score that put Detroit up 37-16 late in the quarter.

“I see him do so many things in practice, moving his feet and doing the right things,” Trestman said. “But he’s got to hang onto the ball on the quick throw he had to the left backed up. He dropped the ball down. He put it in one hand. He’s got to have it in two hands and he’s got to throw it away or move on. He was trying to make something happen there late and he let his fundamentals go there as well. These are things he’s done better this year and we’re just going to continue to work at them.”

Patriots lose Wilfork

Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork was pursuing a play when he planted his right foot, dropped to the ground and probably ended his season.

“It doesn’t look too good for Vince,” New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Monday on WEEI radio. “I think he’s got a pretty serious injury and it’s probably unlikely that he’ll be able to play again this year.”

The Boston Globe reported that Wilfork, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, tore his right Achilles tendon in Sunday’s 30-23 win over the Atlanta Falcons. Belichick did not specify the injury. Wilfork’s agent, Kennard McGuire, did not respond to requests for comment.

Locker’s sore hip

Tennessee quarterback Jake Locker was released after spending the night in a hospital after injuring his hip.

Titans coach Mike Munchak said Locker will have another MRI exam today to diagnose the extent of the injury he suffered Sunday against the New York Jets.

Ryan Fitzpatrick will replace Locker in Sunday’s game against Kansas City (4-0).

Around the league

Seattle defensive lineman Michael Bennett is expected to be able to practice this week after being carted off the field on a stretcher in Houston. …

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan said rookie quarterback Geno Smith will not be benched right now despite his struggles. Smith has 11 turnovers – eight interceptions, three lost fumbles – through four games. …

Tampa Bay safety Dashon Goldson will not be suspended for his hit on Cardinals receiver Jaron Brown in Sunday’s game, but he could be fined. Merton Hanks, the league’s vice president of football operations, said the play is being re-examined for a helmet-to-helmet hit, but it will not warrant a suspension.

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