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Cutler not sure if he’ll play this season

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Caleb Hanie may be the Chicago Bears’ starting for the rest of the season.

Jay Cutler, whose broken thumb forced Hanie into the Bears’ starting lineup, said today that he’s not sure if he’ll be able to return this season.

“I got to be smart about it,” Cutler said, via Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times. “It could be, I’m done for the season.”

Cutler’s comments were his first since surgery on his thumb a week ago. As part of that procedure he had two pins and three screws in his right thumb, and now the rehabilitation process is getting underway.

“Just getting some movement back in it,” Cutler said.

So could Cutler be back late in the regular season? Or maybe in the playoffs?

“I don’t know. We’ll just have to see, week-by-week,” Cutler said. “I don’t want to put a number on it, because I just don’t know.”

And so the Bears will hope they can get to the playoffs with Hanie.

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  1. wawa33 says: Nov 30, 2011 4:36 PM

    Little Jay Cutler gets engaged and than sucks his thumb. I dont remember an athlete who zigs when he shoudl zag more than Litlte Jay Cutler.

  2. tone360 says: Nov 30, 2011 4:37 PM

    Can’t grab a football without your thumb, that’s without a doubt. Hurry Back Jay. We need you brother.

  3. kh221 says: Nov 30, 2011 4:37 PM

    But he will be available to sulk on the sidelines within the next 2 games.

  4. bearsstillsuck says: Nov 30, 2011 4:37 PM

    if anybody forgets, just read my screen name. and its true with or without cutler.

  5. stevepany says: Nov 30, 2011 4:41 PM

    Cutler also said his return will depend on the flow of his period as well!!!!!!!!

  6. vickspuppy says: Nov 30, 2011 4:41 PM

    Of the NFC teams that are likely to make the playoffs, Detroit is the ONLY team Chicago could beat with a healthy Cutler. And they would only face them in the divisional round. They don’t stand a chance of beating Dallas or New Orleans (or Atlanta) on the road in the wildcard round. With no Cutler, there’s no hope for Chicago. With Cutler, there’s still no hope to beat the best teams in the NFC.

  7. nickster31 says: Nov 30, 2011 4:42 PM

    The Bears should sign Favre! How great would if be for Favre to knock the undefeated Packers from the playoffs?

  8. rpiotr01 says: Nov 30, 2011 4:42 PM

    Shame, Bears were looking awful good of late.

    Ah well, it happens. Then went through last year with nary a significant injury. This year, not so much.

  9. BlackandGoldMNBruinsFan says: Nov 30, 2011 4:44 PM

    The guy who can’t finish the NFC Championship game can’t say whether or not he’ll finish the season? Surprise surprise.

    Easy, haters, don’t be too sweet on him or you’ll give him a diabetic reaction.

  10. medtxpack says: Nov 30, 2011 4:44 PM

    better odds he actually gets married this time than him playing later this year….

  11. tombradyswig says: Nov 30, 2011 4:45 PM

    wuss!!

  12. irodex says: Nov 30, 2011 4:45 PM

    Cutler does not want to risk further injury? I have seen this before somewhere….

  13. thridandlong says: Nov 30, 2011 4:46 PM

    Either way, Cutler is one tough, great QB !

  14. herwordskillyou says: Nov 30, 2011 4:47 PM

    It’s okay, he’s getting married to that hottie from Laguna Beach. I’d retire right now if I were him because Lord knows I wouldn’t leave the bedroom if I was with her.

  15. tennis22drew says: Nov 30, 2011 4:48 PM

    Well, yeah. He’s got a wedding he’d rather plan

  16. Davo says: Nov 30, 2011 4:49 PM

    Ironically, this article appears right after the one about Ray Lewis discussing his injury.

    The way Lewis addressed it, in contrast to how Cutler did, shows us why Ray Lewis is Ray Lewis, and Jay Cutler is….well….Jay Cutler.

  17. fuhrman says: Nov 30, 2011 4:50 PM

    Damn! The Bears were on a roll with 5 straight wins and was looking to be a strong team in the playoff this year.. Too bad

  18. whichiwhichwawa says: Nov 30, 2011 4:53 PM

    why is it everytime he gets hurt; he gets engaged to that thing? lol

  19. lrt79 says: Nov 30, 2011 4:55 PM

    If the Bears can’t win three more games against the Chiefs, Broncos, Seahawks, Vikings and Green Bay team that should be resting their starters, they don’t deserve to be in the playoffs, let alone the playoff conversation.

    With the Giants collapsing and the Lions about to come unglued, the Bears and Falcons should be able to lock up those spots (funny, the number 1 and 2 seeds last year could be the WCs this year).

    It’s what happens in the playoffs that matters, and Caleb Hanie has proven that he can’t beat a good defense.

  20. emil4423 says: Nov 30, 2011 4:56 PM

    what else is new cutler gives up on his team

  21. rlca says: Nov 30, 2011 5:00 PM

    We think he should really be careful and take the rest of the season off. No sense of ruining his career, right? Relax, get better and plan for next year.
    Signed,
    Lion,s Falcons and Giants fans

  22. gosuhgo says: Nov 30, 2011 5:03 PM

    Enjoy watching the Lions steal the Bears playoff spot we might not deserve.

  23. packfaninchitown says: Nov 30, 2011 5:03 PM

    Time for Dancing With The Stars!

  24. ishallcomment says: Nov 30, 2011 5:04 PM

    translation:

    “man, I don’t wanna be the one to blame when the Packers beat us.”

    Cutler has not been good against Green Bay..

  25. ishallcomment says: Nov 30, 2011 5:05 PM

    I think the Bears D will be enough to get them to 9 wins at least…

  26. colinsnooks says: Nov 30, 2011 5:12 PM

    Maurice-Jones Drew wonders why Cutler didn’t break his other thumb and finish out the season.

  27. jhumbe says: Nov 30, 2011 5:19 PM

    “They don’t stand a chance of beating Dallas or New Orleans (or Atlanta) ”

    They already destroyed Atlanta and the NFC East is a joke this year. Whoever wins that division is looking at a one and done.

  28. juvegol says: Nov 30, 2011 5:35 PM

    If it were up to this loser he sure a hell wouldn’t be back.

  29. packa7x says: Nov 30, 2011 5:36 PM

    As much as I hate the Bears and Cutler, anyone calling him a wuss is an idiot. Cutler suffered a Bennett’s fracture which is a break at the metacarpal that connects your thumb to your carpal (wrist). His fracture was unstable and thus needed plenty of hardware in his thumb. This injury severely limits his mobility of the thumb and grip on the ball. He literally cannot throw until it’s fully healed.

  30. thridandlong says: Nov 30, 2011 5:38 PM

    bearsstillsuck says:
    Nov 30, 2011 4:37 PM
    if anybody forgets, just read my screen name. and its true with or without cutler.

    ==================================

    And what professional football team do you support follow ?

  31. kyleortonsarm says: Nov 30, 2011 5:38 PM

    I believe I speak for everyone in the world when I say “Nyah nyah nyah nyah, ha ha ha ha”.

  32. Topher says: Nov 30, 2011 5:41 PM

    “I’ve got to be smart about it” implies worried about the future.

    Worried about the future during a potential Super Bowl run type of season?!

    He never changes does he?

  33. beerfartmeatball says: Nov 30, 2011 5:46 PM

    ==wuss!!==
    ==what else is new cutler gives up on his team==

    Does this really sound like a lack of toughness or will is the issue? Really? I’m pretty sure 100% of doctors have concluded that the thumb on your dominant hand is critical to a QB throwing. Don’t be daft.

    Tribune:
    “Cutler had three screws and two pins inserted in his bone…

    In addition to fracturing the thumb, Cutler hyperextended it and dislocated it.

    Cutler said he suffered the injury when he contacted a Chargers defender during an interception return. The thumb was not put back in the socket until his surgery three days later. Cutler also said the defender grabbed his facemask on the play, but it was not called.”

  34. Steelerbear78 says: Nov 30, 2011 5:54 PM

    Bears still make the wildcard and then Cutler plays. All you haters say he’s a crybaby or a wuss or whatever else you want to say. Players in the NFL know how tough Cutler is. But like I said, your entitled to your opinions as I am mine. My opinion is your opinion sucks.

  35. jpiro says: Nov 30, 2011 5:58 PM

    Man, Cutler haters are as flexible as Plastic Man.

    It’s a serious reach to find anything in that article worth criticizing. All the guy is saying is that he’s injured, he’s rehabbing, he’s unsure of when he’ll be able to play and he’s going to be smart about how me makes that decision.

    We’re talking about the thumb on a QB’s throwing hand here, not an OL with a broken toe.

    Nothing to hate here. Please move on.

  36. lionsfanatic84 says: Nov 30, 2011 6:23 PM

    Cutler speculating he wont play= Cutler ain’t playing period

  37. lionsfanatic84 says: Nov 30, 2011 6:26 PM

    Ill admit, the injury sounds pretty bad, but I still hate him healthy or not, just something new for him to cry about.

  38. The Prophet says: Nov 30, 2011 6:38 PM

    I don’t know how anyone can defend this guy. just incident after incident of sheer pussiness. What’s so wussy about this is how he is so quick to right off anything. He’s like, yep it hurts now in November, so I’ll just assume it’ll still hurt in 2 months so i’m not playing.

    I’m so glad Jay Cutler is not my QB, he is the opposite of an inspiration.

  39. thridandlong says: Nov 30, 2011 6:39 PM

    Stevepany says:

    Nov 30, 2011 4:41 PM
    Cutler also said his return will depend on the flow of his period as well!!!!!!!!

    ================================

    And if you weren’t a little boy you would have nothing to play with.

    Cutler would bend you int a pretzel and take your lunch money too !

  40. doug1grohlin says: Nov 30, 2011 6:48 PM

    Davo says: Nov 30, 2011 4:49 PM

    Ironically, this article appears right after the one about Ray Lewis discussing his injury.

    The way Lewis addressed it, in contrast to how Cutler did, shows us why Ray Lewis is Ray Lewis, and Jay Cutler is….well….Jay Cutler.
    ——————————————————————
    Way to read the whole article genius! Cutler said he’d be back next week if they let him. What’s the deal with some of you half-breeds that think players get to make those decisions?

    Cutler is tough in real life while most of you are being, “internet tough” with one hand down your pants and typing.

  41. warvette says: Nov 30, 2011 6:54 PM

    jpiro says: Nov 30, 2011 5:58 PM

    Man, Cutler haters are as flexible as Plastic Man.

    It’s a serious reach to find anything in that article worth criticizing. All the guy is saying is that he’s injured, he’s rehabbing, he’s unsure of when he’ll be able to play and he’s going to be smart about how me makes that decision.

    We’re talking about the thumb on a QB’s throwing hand here, not an OL with a broken toe.

    Nothing to hate here. Please move on.

    ————————-
    remember the season favre played with a splint on the broken thumb on his throwing hand? nineteen of his NFL-high 32 touchdown passes came with the thumb on his passing hand cracked, splinted, bandaged, sore and aching. people saying something about cutler not wanting it badly enough aren’t necessarily wrong…

  42. thridandlong says: Nov 30, 2011 7:27 PM

    Nov 30, 2011 6:48 PM
    Davo says: Nov 30, 2011 4:49 PM

    Ironically, this article appears right after the one about Ray Lewis discussing his injury.

    The way Lewis addressed it, in contrast to how Cutler did, shows us why Ray Lewis is Ray Lewis, and Jay Cutler is….well….Jay Cutler.
    ——————————————————————
    Doug1grohlin says:

    Way to read the whole article genius! Cutler said he’d be back next week if they let him. What’s the deal with some of you half-breeds that think players get to make those decisions?

    Cutler is tough in real life while most of you are being, “internet tough” with one hand down your pants and typing.

    ==================================

    SWEET reply !

  43. monsters3493 says: Nov 30, 2011 7:47 PM

    Exactly read the whole article he also said he could be back in three weeks. He is having weekly x rays. If you can’t grip a football how the can you throw it. Out of all you haters you can throw all this junk but probably never threw a football on a game since you were in your high school cheer leading game

  44. new101101 says: Nov 30, 2011 7:48 PM

    Jay, I recommend Cabo this time of year. Get away from the season and enjoy yourself. – Tony Romo

  45. philtration says: Nov 30, 2011 8:19 PM

    Davo says: Nov 30, 2011 4:49 PM

    Ironically, this article appears right after the one about Ray Lewis discussing his injury.

    The way Lewis addressed it, in contrast to how Cutler did, shows us why Ray Lewis is Ray Lewis, and Jay Cutler is….well….Jay Cutler.
    ===================================
    Yes… Ray Lewis involved in another man’s murder and you love him while the only death connected to Jay Cutler was Josh McDaniels coaching career yet you view him as the anit-Christ.

    Enjoy your face painting, bird dancing, bad T.V. commercial making hero while he sits out with an injury just the same.

  46. packerfanfordecades says: Nov 30, 2011 8:20 PM

    The comments about “Bennett’s fracture” and the screws/pins hardware sounds very serious to me.

    I had some hardware put into my wrist to fix a fracture 4 years ago … and the surgeon did a good job … but I never did get 100% of my strength back. I have no pain, but I don’t have all the hand clench power I used to.

    I suppose a younger man with NFL training room re-hab resources will do better than I did …. but …. I’m wondering if his grip/throw will ever entirely get back to what it was before the injury.

    It would be u-n-b-e-l-i-e-v-a-b-l-e if he could get enough strength back to play effectively again in this season or post season. How could he begin to work on getting grip strength back until the cast comes off? That’s gotta be a six week wait …. and the muscles are going to be without any exercise at all until then.

    Too bad, I was hoping the Bears could knock off a strong team or two in the post season for us and set up another NFC championship match with the two storied franchises … this year up in Green Bay.

    .

  47. cliverush says: Nov 30, 2011 8:40 PM

    I feel sorry for the fans of da Bears. They love their team and support them through every bad turn of events. That said this is a fact about Cutler. He is as dumb as a rock. What the heck was he doing? Every QB knows that you stay away from contact in those situations. He seems to bring bad things onto himself.

  48. historicfacepalm says: Nov 30, 2011 9:27 PM

    Anyone questioning Cutler simply doesn’t know the extent of the injury. If he can’t grip the ball geniuses, how is he supposed to throw it?
    ________________
    I don’t know how anyone can defend this guy. just incident after incident of sheer pussiness. What’s so wussy about this is how he is so quick to right off anything. He’s like, yep it hurts now in November, so I’ll just assume it’ll still hurt in 2 months so i’m not playing.

    I’m so glad Jay Cutler is not my QB, he is the opposite of an inspiration.
    _________
    It’s easy to defend someone, when you acknowledge the facts. I guess sheer pussiness allowed Cutler to throw two passes with his thumb broken and dislocated, sheer pussiness helped him get up again and again as he got hammered behind a porous offensive line. And he’s so quick to write off anything? READ THE ARTICLE. It’s amazing how stupid people can be, how ignorant of the facts people choose to be, just to continue to hate on someone who is one of the toughest QBs in the league.

  49. warvette says: Nov 30, 2011 9:54 PM

    he’d be fired in most every other profession if he called in sick this much..

  50. flickaboogie says: Nov 30, 2011 10:08 PM

    Don’t worry Bear fans, Stafford has some magic gloves that he is going to loan Cutler.

  51. bleed4philly says: Nov 30, 2011 10:22 PM

    Him coming back isnt impossible. If Caleb plays out of his mind and the Bears miraculously make it to the Superbowl to play against the Colts, then of course he’ll play.

  52. liltmac2003 says: Dec 1, 2011 12:13 AM

    Reply to: cliverush

    “I feel sorry for the fans of da Bears. They love their team and support them through every bad turn of events. That said this is a fact about Cutler. He is as dumb as a rock. What the heck was he doing? Every QB knows that you stay away from contact in those situations. He seems to bring bad things onto himself.”
    —————

    I don’t get it, honestly. It’s like all Cutler-haters are just pulling up new ways to hate on ‘em. The man’s thumb is fully broken, kind of important to have when your a QB.

    First is he lacks toughness, yet he says he’ll play next week if coaches let him. Plus there has been a handful of times where he somehow ends up being the lead blocker on a Forte carry, and does exactly that, blocks.

    Than he is a wuss, but he chases down a San Diego Charger on an interception where the WR fell. He got face-masked, didn’t complain, and still went for the tackle to stop them from getting a TD.

    Because he hustled out there and helped his team he is as dumb as a rock? Not trying to make a comparison here, but remember when Lions faced the Bears?

    When Stafford threw a PIC-6 to Peanut Tillman, Stafford absolutely 100% did NOT even attempt to tackle him. Not even in the slightest way. The first thing he did was look at the ref rambling about a PI call. Is that what you look for in a leader?

  53. jpiro says: Dec 1, 2011 8:02 AM

    warvette,

    No question Favre was a tough SOB. However, his injury was entirely different and he was addicted to painkillers at the time, which I assume helped him through the process just a tad.

  54. frank booth says: Dec 1, 2011 9:57 PM

    The Prophet says:
    Nov 30, 2011 6:38 PM
    I don’t know how anyone can defend this guy. just incident after incident of sheer pussiness. What’s so wussy about this is how he is so quick to right off anything. He’s like, yep it hurts now in November, so I’ll just assume it’ll still hurt in 2 months so i’m not playing.

    I’m so glad Jay Cutler is not my QB, he is the opposite of an inspiration.
    ===================================

    What are all of these incidents that you are talking about? For the last three years, Cutler has been hit and sacked more than most any other QB, and prior to last week, he had only missed one start in his career. He was sacked more than any QB in 2010 (52 times).

    In the NFC Championship game last year, Cutler suffered a torn MCL. In the game against the Chargers, he broke, hyperextended, and dislocated his thumb, and came back into the game after that. He didn’t even say anything about it at the press conference after the game, and now all he’s said is that he may not be back until the end of the season.

    Now why don’t you tell us about “incident after incident of sheer pussiness”. You brought it up- how about some actual examples?

    I’m waiting.

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