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Bears “hopeful” Cutler will return in regular season

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Jay Cutler has seen a few more specialists about his thumb, and will undergo surgery this week.

The team’s website says, however, that the team is “hopeful” Cutler will be able to return to action before the end of the regular season.

That’s a great sign of encouragement for Bears fans. We don’t think the Bears would throw that estimate out this early unless there was genuine belief inside the organization that Cutler could suit up for a game or two in the regular season.

Now it’s up to Caleb Hanie to keep the Bears afloat with a few wins in the meantime.

In other news, the Bears confirmed a Chicago Sun-Times report that long snapper Pat Mannelly will miss the rest of the season.

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29 Responses to “Bears “hopeful” Cutler will return in regular season”
  1. stoogy says: Nov 21, 2011 12:33 PM

    raiders ganna beat up Caleb Hanie this week and move to 7-4

  2. kglee54 says: Nov 21, 2011 12:37 PM

    In Hanie we trust

  3. bearsrulepackdrool says: Nov 21, 2011 12:38 PM

    Man this hurts.

  4. gallopingghost says: Nov 21, 2011 12:40 PM

    4-6 weeks like I thought with no medical backgroudn whatsoever. Leave him out for 4 weeks, play him against the Pack if we still need a win to make the playoffs. Otherwise just give him the finale against the Vikings to get back in stride for the playoffs.

    No worries Bears fans, we can win 2 or 3 of the next 4 games without him. Remember how most of you felt about him before.

  5. illiniftw says: Nov 21, 2011 12:40 PM

    Must be a pretty nasty break if he is getting surgery this fast. Hope he has a speedy recovery!

    Go Bears!

  6. thetroofishere says: Nov 21, 2011 12:42 PM

    Please take your time Jay. Your team will need you fully healthy and not rush back.

    Sincerely,

    A potential NFC Wild Card Team

  7. suhisbetterthanu says: Nov 21, 2011 12:44 PM

    Good luck to cutler getting well. As a Lions fan I know how crippling it is to lose your franchis QB.

  8. AlanSaysYo says: Nov 21, 2011 12:45 PM

    Am I the only person who can’t picture anyone over the age of 13 being named Caleb Hanie?

  9. anhdazman says: Nov 21, 2011 12:49 PM

    Raiders can expect a large dosage of Forte.
    Jarad Velhdeer had one holding penalty vs. Jarad Allen and held him sackless. It also doesn’t get any tougher vs. Julius Peppers this week. If Velhdeer plays to the same level vs. Peppers, you can almost lock up his trip to the Pro-Bowl in his 2nd year. Yes, the same 3rd round draft pick out of Hillsdale College (division 2 college) who a lot of critics who thought the short arm LT was a reach by Coach Davis.

  10. relaunche says: Nov 21, 2011 12:52 PM

    OK… Stoogy…. Whatever U say….

  11. sterilizecromartie says: Nov 21, 2011 12:55 PM

    If Hanie and the Bears can handle KC, Seattle, and Minnesota, it puts them at 10 wins… which should be enough. There are also two games against Denver and Oakland, which they may or may not win. If they can get into the playoffs as a wild card team, that’s no better or worse than what Cutler would have gotten them. No way they were catching GB for the division and bye.

  12. lrt79 says: Nov 21, 2011 12:56 PM

    Raiders are going to try.

  13. iambadkid says: Nov 21, 2011 1:00 PM

    oh yeah chicago plays in oakland right i hope so

  14. jimmysee says: Nov 21, 2011 1:01 PM

    How about the Bears make a deal with the Vikes for an insurance policy named Donovan McNabb.

  15. minnesconsin says: Nov 21, 2011 1:08 PM

    i’m a conspiracy theorist, i admit. i’m not suggesting that cutler’s thumb is not injured. i am suggesting that the bears spewed that 8 weeks nonsense to make the injury seem a lot worse than it actually is. Now they can re-write the book on Cutler when he returns sooner than expected and “guts it out” on Christmas day vs the Packers. I’m sure the media will salivate over his “gritty” performance on the “frozen tundra,” and I’m sure he’ll “show a lot of heart,” etc, etc, etc. You get the idea.

  16. tatatoothy says: Nov 21, 2011 1:13 PM

    He isn’t Cutler, but Hanie has some skills.

    Wouldn’t surprise me at all to see this team go .500 or better down the stretch while the kid keeps the seat warm for #6.

  17. mythdud says: Nov 21, 2011 1:14 PM

    This is why teams develop, draft, and spend time on backup quarterbacks, to be able to handle the load for a stretch of a few games. No miracle veteran needs to come in, if the coaching staff has done their job then Caleb hanie should be ready for this.

    And let’s hope Jay comes back in time for the packers game because if Cutler is in, it will be a game to remember whoever wins.

  18. romoscollarbone says: Nov 21, 2011 1:18 PM

    Jimmy, there’s this little thing called the trade deadline. Min wouldn’t take a cap hit and cut him, for the Bears to sign him.

    Anyway, what’s the fear Bear fans? When everyone was questioning Cutler’s toughness and Hanie came in and played decently after the initial shell-shock, people were calling for him to be the starter.

  19. southpaw2k says: Nov 21, 2011 1:19 PM

    And I’m “hopeful” that I will win the PowerBall one day.

  20. jasncondit says: Nov 21, 2011 1:19 PM

    Hanie = Titanic = Not going to float at all after a gigantic thumping in the cold that sends him under!

  21. tbbucs1638 says: Nov 21, 2011 1:33 PM

    u raiders fans r idiots even if u hav mcfadden hell get shut down by this d the way theyre vplayin right now and i think palmer is the one u need to worry about not hanie oh and devin hester, if theyre smart they wont kick or punt to him but no team has learned that yet

  22. stoogy says: Nov 21, 2011 1:50 PM

    The raiders are going to dominate the trench war and man handle the bears.. They would win this game with cutler playing. Peanut tillman got smoked by V jackson yesterday. So expect more of the same when. Da bears come to the black hole.

  23. bearsstillsuck says: Nov 21, 2011 2:17 PM

    the packs secondary are sure to miss cutlers errant throws.

  24. jhumbe says: Nov 21, 2011 3:40 PM

    the lowly Bucs passing game had the packs secondary running in circles, give me a break.

  25. darrenindenver says: Nov 21, 2011 3:54 PM

    Bears need to trade with the Broncos for Kyle Orton back, he’s led the Bears to the playoffs before only to lose his job once he got there… He’s perfect!

  26. sterilizecromartie says: Nov 21, 2011 4:40 PM

    @darrenindenver

    As someone else pointed out earlier, the trade deadline passed weeks ago.

  27. dadawg77 says: Nov 21, 2011 7:56 PM

    This is where the new CBA hurts teams. With the limits on practice time, a great majority of the reps go to first string QB. Second string QBs on teams where the first string QB is a franchise QB don’t see reps in practice other then the bye week and scout team.

  28. joetoronto says: Nov 22, 2011 5:56 AM

    tbbucs1638 says: Nov 21, 2011 1:33 PM

    u raiders fans r idiots even if u hav mcfadden hell get shut down by this d the way theyre vplayin right now and i think palmer is the one u need to worry about not hanie oh and devin hester, if theyre smart they wont kick or punt to him but no team has learned that yet
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    lol, what a mess.

  29. eddyjf says: Nov 22, 2011 6:53 AM

    suhisbetterthanu says:Nov 21, 2011 12:44 PM

    Good luck to cutler getting well. As a Lions fan I know how crippling it is to lose your franchis QB.
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    I’ve seen a ton of posts from Lion fans. They have class. Thanks.

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