Bears lose Jay Cutler, Charles Tillman to injuries

Bears lose Jay Cutler, Charles Tillman to injuries
November 11, 2013, 1:00 pm
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The 2013 injury news for the Bears turned even darker when the team announced that quarterback Jay Cutler has a high-ankle sprain that will sideline him likely for the next several weeks. Adding to the problems, cornerback Charles Tillman was placed on injured reserve with a triceps injury, although the Bears are using the eligible-to-return designation that allows him to practice after six weeks and return after eight.

Meaning, to see the best cornerback in franchise history in a Bears uniform again this season, possibly ever again, the Bears will need to make the playoffs. Tillman is playing out his contract this season at $8 million and was approached about restructuring his deal before the season. Sources told that the talks were contentious and cast Tillman’s future beyond 2013 in question, particularly with him turning 33 next February.

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Tillman has now been hampered by the triceps, a knee, a groin strain and a wrist injury that took him out of the Detroit game briefly.

Cutler’s high-ankle sprain places Josh McCown squarely in the starting job for the foreseeable future. The injury is very painful and typically takes 5-6 weeks to heal. It is not the more common lower-ankle sprain in which the ankle is rolled over.

Instead, the high-ankle sprain involves the ligament that connects the two bones of the lower leg. Worst cases have taken months to heal but few allow returns in less than at least a month.

No. 3 quarterback Jordan Palmer warmed up tight end Martellus Bennett before the Detroit game. He did it as an inactive Sunday; he will be doing it in uniform for a while.