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The Early Lead
Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 12/08/2011

Tim Tebow asked to pray for Jay Cutler’s thumb by Chicago reporter

Tim Tebow’s recent string of fourth-quarter comebacks continue to dominate sports headlines from coast to coast.

His play is improving, Denver’s defense has become one of the toughest in the NFL and, above all, the Broncos (7-5) are now tied for the lead in the AFC West after a 1-4 start.

From baffled football analysts to Tebowing supporters, Tebow continues to make believers out of NFL fans — and apparently members of the media, too.

On a Wednesday conference call to set up Denver’s Sunday matchup with the Bears, one member of the Chicago media asked Tebow to say a prayer for Bears quarterback Jay Cutler’s injured thumb.

Cutler broke and dislocated the thumb on his throwing hand on Nov. 23 and is unsure whether he’ll be able to play again this season.

The request generated a hearty chuckle, and then Tebow offered a genuine response — just as he’s done every time his skills and ability to lead an NFL team have been questioned this season.

I do wish Jay Cutler the best and a speedy recovery,” he said. "He's been very nice and gracious every time I've been in his presence and had to meet him and talk with him. So, I wish him nothing but the best.”

The Bears would no doubt be grateful for any help possible on the quarterback front. The team decided to stick with backup Caleb Hanie in Cutler’s absence, but the undrafted 26-year-old has just two touchdowns and six interceptions in a pair of losses as Chicago continues to lose ground in the playoff race.

Last week things got even worse in a 10-6 loss to the Chiefs when running back Matt Forte — the NFL’s third-leading rusher — sprained an MCL. They’ll enter Sunday’s game with Marion Barber as their starting running back and Khalil Bell sharing the backfield duties.

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