If the Raiders gained a surge of confidence knowing that Bears quarterback Jay Cutler won't play in their matchup Sunday at O.Co Coliseum, they did a good job of hiding it.

Chicago (7-3) lost its starting quarterback for six to eight weeks with a broken right thumb in Sunday's 31-20 win over the San Diego Chargers.

Next man up for the Bears is Caleb Hanie, who distinguished himself while subbing for an injured Cutler and backup Todd Collins in last year's NFC championship game.

"Obviously, Jay Cutler is one of the better quarterbacks in this league and one of their best offensive players," Raiders coach Hue Jackson said Monday. "But Caleb Hanie is a really good player. This guy played in the NFC championship game and almost won the game for them."

After Cutler left last Jan. 23 with a knee injury, Collins was so shaky for two series that Chicago coach Lovie Smith opted for Hanie, who had thrown just 14 career passes.

Hanie was 13 for 20 for 153 yards, with a 32-yard completion to Johnnie Knox to set up one score and a 35-yard touchdown pass to Earl Bennett in a 21-14 loss to the Green Bay Packers. He also threw two interceptions.

"When you lose a good quarterback and everything is going like the Bears have had, it's a shockwave," Raiders defensive tackle Tommy Kelly said. "But the dude they've got backing up played last year in the NFC championship game. He didn't play all year, came right in and picked it up.

"You can't go in thinking it's going to be a big dropoff. You just have to take care of business."

  • Jackson said wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey is wearing a neck brace and doing well.

    "I think we're beyond the major part of it," Jackson said. "Now let's see how fast he heals and see exactly where he is."

  • Jackson also had no update on running back Darren McFadden, although he said the running back wasn't being "hidden" and didn't have any injury other than the originally diagnosed mid-foot sprain.

    Running back Michael Bush, with 60 carries in his past two games, is just 15 yards behind McFadden for the team rushing lead with 599 yards. Jackson said he wouldn't hesitate to give Bush the ball another 30 times if necessary against the Bears.

    Considering Taiwan Jones didn't finish the Vikings game with a hamstring pull, he may need to.

  • Place-kicker Sebastian Janikowski said his injured left hamstring was a factor in having a 49-yard field goal attempt blocked and that he's still fighting a mental battle playing with the injury.

    "I get treatment every day, it might bother me the whole year, I don't know," Janikowski said. "Hamstrings, they take awhile to heal."

  • Center Samson Satele, who did not finish the Vikings game with a concussion, said he was "getting better" and waiting for instructions regarding the NFL's protocol for concussions.

    Jackson said he expected Satele to be cleared shortly.