Every NFL player understands that his future earning ability could change drastically on any play. Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, Rams quarterback Sam Bradford and Packers tight end Jermichael Finley know that all too well.
All three suffered scary-looking injuries on Sunday. Perhaps all three will be back soon; the extent of the injuries is unclear. But it's possible any or all of them could be out a while and affected financially, because all three have tenuous contract situations.
Cutler is in a contract year. The Bears decided to wait to decide on Cutler's extension until after the season. He went down with a groin injury against the Redskins that looked bad.
The Rams sounded excited to do a contract extension with Bradford a few weeks ago. He still has $27 million and two years left on his deal. Now he has what looks like a serious knee injury, and the Rams have reason to stop considering an extension and move onto their next quarterback. If Bradford is coming off a major knee injury, it might cause the Rams to decide $27 million is too much for two more years of him.
Finley is also in a contract year. He was going to generate a lot of interest as a free agent, but now waits to see what his injury prognosis is after he was taken off the field on a stretcher with a neck injury on Sunday.