Jay Cutler Injury: Updates on Bears QB's Groin
Updates from Wednesday, Nov. 13:
From ESPN's Michael C. Wright:
Cutler definitely in the walking boot today.— Michael C. Wright (@mikecwright) November 13, 2013
Updates from Sunday, Nov. 10:
The Bears confirm Jay Cutler (groin) is active for Week 10:
ESPN's Michael C. Wright previously reported:
Cutler is out here warming up. Looks like he's got full mobility to me.— Michael C. Wright (@mikecwright) November 10, 2013
Updates for Thursday, Nov. 7
The Bears later confirmed that Cutler has been cleared to play against the Lions on Sunday:
LM: #Bears coach Marc Trestman says Jay Cutler has been cleared to play Sunday vs. Lions and is expected to start.— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) November 7, 2013
LM: Trestman can't recall another player rebounding from an injury like Jay Cutler.— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) November 7, 2013
Trestman later clarified that Cutler will start, via Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times:
#Bears coach Marc Trestman on QB Jay Cutler: "He's cleared to play so he's going to play."— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) November 7, 2013
Jahns also talked to offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer who talked about how Cutler's return will impact the offense:
#Bears OC Aaron Kromer on Jay Cutler: "If he's cleared to go, we're running everything. We're running the offense."— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) November 7, 2013
Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune also had more reaction from Trestman:
Trestman: Cutler had an "excellent" practice. He took part in all of practice. "He did everything."— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) November 7, 2013
Trestman: "No. 1 is the doctors told us the injury was what it was, a legitimate 4-week injury." Says Jay was 24/7 in rehab process.— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) November 7, 2013
Trestman: "If he couldn't do everything, he wouldn't be out there. We would never put him out there if he was not cleared."— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) November 7, 2013
Finally, Bob LeGere of the Daily Herald shed some light on the timeline of Cutler's recovery compared to the initial timetable.
Sunday will be exactly 3 weeks since Jay Cutler's torn groin muscle, which was originally considered a 4-6 week injury.— Bob LeGere (@BobLeGere) November 7, 2013
From Zach Zaidman of WSCR670:
Jay Cutler says he felt 100% at practice today.— Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) November 7, 2013
Jay Cutler: "As soon as I got hurt I thought I'd be back quicker than they thought."— Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) November 7, 2013
Cutler says it was the most painful injury he's had.— Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) November 7, 2013
From Jeff Dickerson of ESPN:
Brandon Marshall: "I think Jay is going to try this week (to start vs. Lions)."— Jeff Dickerson (@ESPNChiBears) November 6, 2013
Head coach Mark Trestman later elaborated on Cutler's status, via Kevin Fishbain of HubArkush.com and Zach Zeidman of CBS 2 in Chicago:
Marc Trestman: If there was practice today, Jay Cutler would have been limited.— Kevin Fishbain (@kfishbain) November 6, 2013
Marc Trestman says there will be no gray area with Jay Cutler. If the doctors say he can play at full speed, he will play.— Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) November 6, 2013
From ESPN's Michael C. Wright:
Jay Cutler says he might not be out there against Detroit.— Michael C. Wright (@mikecwright) November 5, 2013
Cutler says "4 weeks was the minimum on the injury that I had. I've just done a lot of rehab."— Michael C. Wright (@mikecwright) November 5, 2013
Wright followed with an additional statement from Jay Cutler:
"I was aiming for the Green Bay game, and that didn't happen. So I don't think we can say I'll be out there for the Detroit game," Cutler said Tuesday on ESPN 1000's "The Jay Cutler Show."
"We're trying everything we can to get out there. It feels good, but I haven't practiced. I haven't been in a live situation and done all the cuts and the drops and saw how it felt yet. So I can't tell you. I wish I could. I wish I could say, 'Yeah, we'll be out there.'
"But I think the way that [backup] Josh [McCown] is playing, we feel good about that and we don't want to get into the situation where I'm out there and I get back a week too soon and I'm set back another four to six weeks. So I'm just gonna be smart with it."
"We have a walkthrough [Wednesday, Nov. 6]. We're practicing Thursday. Hopefully we'll see if we can do some stuff out there. If not, we're in more than capable hands [with McCown]. I think Chicago would agree."
Cutler also made it known the doctors must clear him for game-time action before he can return, per Wright:
"I'm not gonna just walk in the building and be like, 'Hey, I'm ready to go,' " Cutler said. "Doctors have got to OK it. I've got to prove to them that I can protect myself out there, [that I] can do everything that we need to do at the quarterback position. We've still got some hurdles to go through."
From ESPN's Chris Mortensen:
Bears injured QB Jay Cutler plans to return this week and, barring no setback, start vs Lions on Sunday, per team source.— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) November 5, 2013
From Adam Jahns of of the Chicago Sun-Times:
#Bears QB Jay Cutler said the goal is return before 4 weeks. He said he’ll push it as much as he can.— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) October 29, 2013
From Jeff Dickerson of ESPN:
Marc Trestman refused to completely rule out Cutler for Monday night, but called it "highly unlikely" the QB plays.— Jeff Dickerson (@ESPNChiBears) October 29, 2013
Trestman made it clear that Cutler could return before four weeks. Used the phrase "optimistic" several times.— Jeff Dickerson (@ESPNChiBears) October 29, 2013
From the Chicago Bears:
LM: #Bears QB Jay Cutler out at least 4 weeks with torn groin muscle. LB Lance Briggs out 6 weeks with small fracture in shoulder.— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) October 21, 2013
From Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times:
Trestman on Cutler injury: "Four weeks is a reasonable start, and then it would be week-to-week."— patrick finley (@patrickfinley) October 21, 2013
ESPN's John Clayton initially observed the situation as Cutler lay on the FedEx Field turf:
Jay Cutler being checked out after getting injury following Chris Baker sack— John Clayton (@ClaytonESPN) October 20, 2013
Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan in DC reported that Josh McCown entered the game at quarterback for Chicago:
Josh McCown in at QB for the Bears. Jay Cutler (ankle) headed to the locker room.— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) October 20, 2013
Matt Byrne of NBC Chicago snapped a photo of Cutler in the back, which was shared by Peggy Kusinski on Facebook:
Michael C. Wright of ESPN later reported that Cutler will have an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of the injury:
MRI for Cutler tomorrow.— Michael C. Wright (@mikecwright) October 20, 2013
Michael Silver of NFL.com is reporting that the injury could be a serious one:
Two Bears sources on Cutler injury: It could be bad. @nflnetwork— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) October 20, 2013
Cutler's status after the Week 8 bye appears dubious. The fact that he went to the locker room and was quickly ruled out for the remainder of the game has to be discouraging for the rest of the team, the organization and fans. If Chicago is meant to have any chance at the postseason, it all depends on Cutler’s health.
Without their franchise quarterback, the Bears will be hard-pressed to keep up in the NFC North division.
The 30-year-old former first-round pick entered Sunday's game playing some of the best football of his career, completing 65.9 percent of his passes with a 95.2 passer rating. Both would be career bests if they stood for the season.
The Bears are in trouble under center until Cutler returns.
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