It doesn’t mean that he necessarily would play Sunday against the Detroit Lions but had the Bears practiced as normal on a Wednesday, Jay Cutler would have participated on a “limited” basis, coach Marc Trestman said.
Limited means basically being watched carefully and evaluated both during the practice and after to gauge the status of the injury, in Cutler’s case a torn groin suffered in the Washington Redskins game.
Cutler has been doing some running in addition to working with the training staff, changing directions and using stretch bands to get a sense of what the injured area can tolerate.
But whatever the case, Cutler will in no way be rushed back.
“We’re hopeful but we’ve got to be reserved about it as well,” Trestman said. “We’ll see where things are in the morning when he’ll be evaluated.
“At the end of the day the doctors will determine that. Part of that determination will be by working him out and making sure he can move suddenly and redirect himself and stride and run full out. Those will be the determinations and then the doctors will have a say and they’ll make the decision on whether they allow him free access to practice.”
An issue for the Bears is that the starting quarterback for the upcoming game takes all of the practice reps; there is usually no “limited” participation in snaps.
“I would want him to be cleared to practice and hopeful that by being cleared to practice, that he will play,” Trestman said. “Because we want to give him all the reps. We’d be hopeful that the clearance would be indicative that he’d be able to play.”
Brandon Marshall predicted that Cutler would return from the injury within two weeks. The wide receiver/attending physician modestly assessed the news.
“He’s back, he’s back, the prediction was right,” Marshall declared. “I look like a genius right now. If anything comes up throughout the week, we’ll probably have to adjust. But on a serious note, Jay’s on the right track. I think he’s going to try it this week. If he can go, he’ll go. If he can’t, I think he’s going to make a very hard decision to rest it a little bit more. But he’s definitely put himself in position to make it out there for Sunday.”