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Cutler not expected back for regular season

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It doesn’t look like the Bears will get a regular season comeback from Jay Cutler to bolster their playoff chances.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the team is not expecting him to come back before the regular season. There’s still some hope that Cutler will be able to play in the postseason, should the Bears advance that far, but even that remains up in the air due to the surgery needed to repair Cutler’s fractured thumb.

Cutler has two pins and three screws put in the thumb and there’s not much anyone can do to speed up the healing process. During a radio interview earlier this week, transcribed by the Chicago Tribune, Cutler talked about the timetable for a return and said that it remains uncertain.

“Everything is kind of on track. It’s just a matter of letting that bone really heal and maybe taking the pins out, maybe not. It’s just time … and time’s not really on our side right now, but that’s the only thing we can really do.”

It’s not exactly the only thing. They can also hope that Caleb Hanie starts generating some better results for the offense, because hoping alone won’t make up for not having Cutler and Matt Forte at a crucial moment in the season.

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17 Responses to “Cutler not expected back for regular season”
  1. packerman1968 says: Dec 11, 2011 11:33 AM

    Stick a fork in the Bears, they are done.

    They are about to get Tebowed right out of the playoffs.

  2. techvet says: Dec 11, 2011 11:33 AM

    Trust nothing coming from the Bears. They may well be sand-bagging for an Xmas day return of Cutler. The Bears are desperate and would love to beat the Packers at Lambeau Field. Trust none of the smoke signals coming from Halas Hall.

    The question to ask is this: did Cutler injure his thumb in the first half hitting his hand on a helmet after a throw and then aggravate it when he made the tackle in the second half?

  3. test2402 says: Dec 11, 2011 11:57 AM

    Tim Tebow would play.

  4. packerhater says: Dec 11, 2011 11:57 AM

    Packers have the most overrated QB in the history of the game.All he does is throw 5-10 yard passes and the WR’S do the rest 90% of the time.Talk about inflating you’re QB ratings and your stats.

    Wonder when the Pack will play a team that is .500 or better and NOT missing their best player/players.Saints were without their #1 WR , Falcons without their #1 pass rusher , Lions without 3-4 stating defensive players including their #1 CB and DT and RB.Talk about overrated.

  5. tikibarbersthesaurus says: Dec 11, 2011 11:58 AM

    He looks like he brought a 1980s high school yearbook to his barber, pointed at the prom king’s pic and said “Just like that.”

  6. joetoronto says: Dec 11, 2011 12:09 PM

    I love everything about the Bears except Cutler.

    He’s just too soft, especially for a QB.

  7. fx1718 says: Dec 11, 2011 12:19 PM

    @joetoronto pretty hard to play if you can’t grip the ball

  8. kyleortonsarm says: Dec 11, 2011 12:24 PM

    Well he won’t be back at all because the Bears won’t make the post season.

  9. scoops1 says: Dec 11, 2011 1:05 PM

    packerhater says:
    Dec 11, 2011 11:57 AM
    Packers have the most overrated QB in the history of the game.All he does is throw 5-10 yard passes and the WR’S do the rest 90% of the time.Talk about inflating you’re QB ratings and your stats.

    Wonder when the Pack will play a team that is .500 or better and NOT missing their best player/players.Saints were without their #1 WR , Falcons without their #1 pass rusher , Lions without 3-4 stating defensive players including their #1 CB and DT and RB.Talk about overrated.
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    Dude you are almost as bad as 7thlomardiontheway

  10. frank booth says: Dec 11, 2011 1:16 PM

    Packers have the most overrated QB in the history of the game.All he does is throw 5-10 yard passes and the WR’S do the rest 90% of the time.Talk about inflating you’re QB ratings and your stats.

    Wonder when the Pack will play a team that is .500 or better and NOT missing their best player/players.Saints were without their #1 WR , Falcons without their #1 pass rusher , Lions without 3-4 stating defensive players including their #1 CB and DT and RB.Talk about overrated.
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    I’m a Bears fan and that’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard- he throws long and hits guys all of the time. He puts the ball into tight spots from 15 yards away for first downs. He uses his legs to make plays. He leads the league in passer rating and is #1 all time in passer rating in his short career. By the way, what does the Saints not having their #1 receiver playing have to do with defensing Aaron Rodgers? There are injuries and #1 players out every week- I assume that everyone else that plays a team without their top players means that they are overrated.

    This week, the Raiders will play without McFadden, the Vikings without AP, the Texans without Andre Johnson, the Bears without Cutler and Forte, the Ravens without Ray Lewis, the Lions without Suh, the Chiefs without Matt Cassel, and the Titans without Kenny Britt, just to name a few. I suppose anyone who performs well against those teams is overrated

    Do you watch games on your radi0?

  11. hatasgonnahate says: Dec 11, 2011 1:33 PM

    packerhater says:
    Dec 11, 2011 11:57 AM
    Packers have the most overrated QB in the history of the game.All he does is throw 5-10 yard passes and the WR’S do the rest 90% of the time.Talk about inflating you’re QB ratings and your stats.

    Wonder when the Pack will play a team that is .500 or better and NOT missing their best player/players.Saints were without their #1 WR , Falcons without their #1 pass rusher , Lions without 3-4 stating defensive players including their #1 CB and DT and RB.Talk about overrated.
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    All I have to say is they did it last year with like 6 of their starters on ir. Packers are the real deal. This is from a bears fan…

  12. jimmysee says: Dec 11, 2011 2:08 PM

    packerhater says:
    Dec 11, 2011 11:57 AM
    Packers have the most overrated QB in the history of the game.All he does is throw 5-10 yard passes and the WR’S do the rest 90% of the time.Talk about inflating you’re QB ratings and your stats.

    Wonder when the Pack will play a team that is .500 or better and NOT missing their best player/players.Saints were without their #1 WR , Falcons without their #1 pass rusher , Lions without 3-4 stating defensive players including their #1 CB and DT and RB.Talk about overrated.

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

    So says the sultan of cut and paste.

    What is this, the fifth thread you’ve posted the exact same comments?!

    Get a life.

  13. mantastic54 says: Dec 11, 2011 2:38 PM

    The Bears beat reporter just tweeted that Cutler was throwing a football today, looks like Schefter’s comments are baseless speculation

  14. 2difshoe says: Dec 11, 2011 2:55 PM

    Forte will monitor the progress of Cutlers return, and by the look of things, Forte is done for the year as well. Why come back when you risk additional injury and risk the chance of signing a new contract competitive of the best running backs in the league.

    Just when things were looking up for the Bears at 7-3, Cutler brakes his thumb and Forte injury’s a knee. Now at 7-5 and and playing with an inexperienced QB, the road to the playoffs just got a lot bit harder.

  15. 46defense says: Dec 11, 2011 3:58 PM

    670 the score announced he was already throwing in practice, so not sure who is wrong here.

  16. wfingers23 says: Dec 11, 2011 4:18 PM

    packerhater says:
    Dec 11, 2011 11:57 AM
    Packers have the most overrated QB in the history of the game.All he does is throw 5-10 yard passes and the WR’S do the rest 90% of the time.Talk about inflating you’re QB ratings and your stats.

    Wonder when the Pack will play a team that is .500 or better and NOT missing their best player/players.Saints were without their #1 WR , Falcons without their #1 pass rusher , Lions without 3-4 stating defensive players including their #1 CB and DT and RB.Talk about overrated.

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    Didnt the Packers win the Super Bowl with half their team on IR?

  17. protegev says: Dec 11, 2011 9:12 PM

    Better luck next year, Jay…

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