Bears may get Cutler back sooner than expected

Bears may get Cutler back sooner than expected
October 29, 2013, 3:00 pm
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Actual doctors have estimated that Jay Cutler will need four weeks to get back from the torn groin suffered in the Oct. 20 loss to the Washington Redskins.

Noted sports medicine guru and sometimes wide receiver Brandon Marshall, sitting in for Cutler on the latter’s weekly show on WMVP-AM, repeated his prognosis that the Bears quarterback will be over this thing in two weeks.

Not-doctor Marc Trestman said on Tuesday that Cutler could be back sooner than the four-week estimate and had not said last week that Cutler wouldn’t play for a minimum of four weeks.

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When the questions reached the point of whether Cutler was definitely out for next Monday’s game in Green Bay, Trestman laughed, shook his head and gave the question its due.

“You never want to say ‘never,’” Trestman said. “I would say it’s highly unlikely that Jay will be playing on Monday night, but I would not want to make it 100 percent at this point in time. There’s a lot of time before the game, but it’s highly unlikely.”

OK, everybody clear on this whole Cutler injury thing?

Cutler is. “I’ll push it as much as I can,” he said on Tuesday. “That’s the trainers’ and the doctors’ (department). When they say you can go, you go.”

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Cutler laughed at the Marshall Plan: “He’s optimistic. And so am I. So we’ll see how it goes.”

The injury was the most significant blast of pain he’d ever had, Cutler said, although there was some relief to be had in the fact that it wasn’t season-ending.

The most difficult part now is being forced to be a spectator, albeit one involved with backup Josh McCown on prep for Green Bay.

“It’s always the hardest part, not being able to do your job with the rest of the guys,” Cutler said. “So I’ve just got to help Josh as best I can. And when I get back, I get back.”