Cutler on injury: 'I'm going to be smart with it'

Cutler on injury: 'I'm going to be smart with it'
November 5, 2013, 4:45 pm
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By Nick Wilder

Nobody is exactly certain when Bears starting quarterback Jay Cutler will be able to return from injury, including Cutler himself.

The Bears were able to take care of the Green Bay Packers on Monday night thanks to a great performance from backup quarterback Josh McCown. However, the hot topic this week for the Bears will be whether Cutler can return from injury and play against the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

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"I was aiming for the Green Bay game, and that didn't happen,” Cutler said on ESPN 1000’s The Jay Cutler Show. “So I don't think we can say I'll be out there for the Detroit game. 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 can't tell you. I wish I could,” Cutler said. “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 going to be smart with it."

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Cutler also shared his thoughts on not being able to help his team on the field while they battled the rival Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football. 

“I want to be out there, I wanted to be out there Monday night,” Cutler said. “It’s just hard seeing how much time and effort the rest of the guys on the team put in, then not being able to help and do my part, that’s the hardest part. But that’s why we have Josh and that’s why he takes his job so seriously for situations like that. I’ve just got to trust in the fact that he will go out there and he’s going to do everything he can to help us win games.”