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Cutler says there’s an outside chance he’ll face Packers

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Bears fans thought they would go 3-3 or 4-2 with Caleb Hanie, winning enough games to see if Jay Cutler could return for the playoffs.

Hanie is 0-3 and the Bears are running out of hope for this season. Cutler is doing his best to return early and gave Bears fans a little bit of hope Wednesday.

Cutler told the Waddle and Silvy Show on ESPN1000 that there’s an “outside chance” he could play against the Packers next week. We haven’t heard a ton about Cutler’s recovery since thumb surgery, but most reports have indicated he’d be very lucky to play again this season.

If the Bears lose to Seattle Sunday to fall to 7-7, it may be too late for Cutler to save the team.

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  1. musiccitymiracle says: Dec 15, 2011 8:49 AM

    O yea, we all know about Cutler’s passion for playing through injury….o wait

  2. jbaxt says: Dec 15, 2011 8:50 AM

    Hanie’s lost to Palko and Tebow. Maybe the worst 2 quarterbacks in the league, besides himself. Of course both the Chiefs and Broncos have a good defenses so maybe those losses are a credit to the defenses…

  3. primetime0552 says: Dec 15, 2011 8:51 AM

    They need Forte back more than they need Cutler.

  4. bmue42 says: Dec 15, 2011 8:54 AM

    please please please please please please please please please please please please please please
    the packers need some more target practice and INT’s to warm up for another super bowl championship

  5. philtration says: Dec 15, 2011 8:54 AM

    Does not matter at this point.
    They are not going to the playoffs now and there is no reason to risk your starting QB in a meaningless game.
    The Packers trying to go 16-0 does not matter to anyone outside of Green Bay and a few crusty old farts down in Miami.

    The Bears season ended with that blown game against K.C. and blowing another game against Denver was just dirt on the coffin.

  6. woodyg says: Dec 15, 2011 8:57 AM

    QB ….. Most important position in the NFL …… The Bears are what happens when you don’t invest enough $$$$ in BUs to make a difference …..

  7. greenpacker says: Dec 15, 2011 8:58 AM

    i hope he comes back so bears fans cant whine and complain about how well they would have done had Cutler not hurt his thumb.

    Broken thumbs up if you think he can help the Bears, broken thumbs down if you think all hope is lost for that sorry franchise

  8. nicnacbootysmack says: Dec 15, 2011 9:04 AM

    Jay Cutler is this year’s MVP. Don’t hurry back Cutty, we need you for next year’s Super Bowl run.

  9. packfaninchitown says: Dec 15, 2011 9:04 AM

    Bears are going to lose that game either way Jay, might as well chill on the sidelines.

  10. comeonnowguys says: Dec 15, 2011 9:09 AM

    But yeah, he’s a quitter.

    Thanks for nothing, Fox.

  11. fnslidevick says: Dec 15, 2011 9:14 AM

    Come back just to get your butt kicked one more time before the season is over. Smart one!

  12. jrmbadger says: Dec 15, 2011 9:29 AM

    If the Bears lose to Seattle does it make sense to even play Cutler? Forte would still be out and my guess is that the thumb wouldn’t be fully healed.
    Just let it heal fully and come back next year. 9-7 won’t make the playoffs this year.

  13. nikkodawg says: Dec 15, 2011 9:36 AM

    Not saying Cutler is anywhere near the MVP of the league, but if Peyton gets some votes, Jay should get a couple. This guy hid a lot of the problems on offense.

  14. pudgalvin says: Dec 15, 2011 9:39 AM

    I can’t believe people are still hating on Cutler’s play. The Bears were the 3rd best team in the NFC before he went down. Since then, they might be the worst team in the league. Say what you want about the guy, but he’s a pretty good QB.

    And anyone that thinks they need Forte more than Cutler is out of their goddamn mind. Forte had been incredibly average for a month before he got hurt.

  15. musiccitymiracle says: Dec 15, 2011 9:41 AM

    Faced with a minor injury like this, Ronnie Lott would have cut off his injured thumb and returned to the field and continued to dominate.

  16. imsmarterthanyou says: Dec 15, 2011 9:45 AM

    Hey pack fans…remember last year when you lost your sunshine california QB to a concussion? Remember how your team lost 7-3 to Lions? You do remember that, right? Lucky for you, he was able to come back and that allowed you to quickly forget that. Stop your talking…karma has a funny way of showing up when you least expect it.

    It is easy to say what could have or should have been. Reality is that if we don’t beat Seattle, “an outside chance” doesn’t really matter. I haven’t given up hope yet.

    Bear Down.

  17. gmen1987 says: Dec 15, 2011 10:00 AM

    Cutler rarely misses games despite the goober fans out there who question his toughness. Some NFL fans have the intelligence of someone who played football without a helmut for 20 years.

  18. Pacific NW Mark says: Dec 15, 2011 10:00 AM

    If the Bears can’t handle the Seahawks, both Cutler and Forte should shut it down for the season and look forward to next year.

  19. orangeflh says: Dec 15, 2011 10:02 AM

    3rd best team in the NFC? Blaaahhhaaahaha!

    And the best part, is that you probably actually believe that. Blaahahahha!

    3rd best team in NFC… Bhaha…. Jebus, cut it out… hahaha… laughing this much is painful… Hahahaha.

  20. tbbucs1638 says: Dec 15, 2011 10:12 AM

    half of u ppl r idiots n dnt kno anything!! cutler finished the gm he broke his thumb n and the broncos arent just winning bc of the d, theyre 7-1 since tebow took over n it was mcdaniels that was coach when cutler was tradednot fox u idiot, this is his first yr there….u kno nothing bout football so give up n cutler was havin a good year before he broke his thumb n the doctors r the reason hes not playin…hes one tough sob

  21. realitypolice says: Dec 15, 2011 10:24 AM

    Anyone still questioning Cutler’s toughness (musiccitymiracle, for example) is clueless.

    He tried to play at the beginning of the second half of the NFC championship with a torn ligament in his knee, for God’s sake! Most QBs would have come out the locker with a brace and crutches.

    But, no, he’s a quitter because of all you body language experts think he didn’t look “into the game” enough. What a joke.

    And how can anyone who watched the murderous pounding he took earlier in the year not see how tough this guy is?

    If there is any way he can be out there, he will. And boy, do they need him.

  22. i3addog says: Dec 15, 2011 10:25 AM

    Does it really matter ?

  23. roastbeefsandwich says: Dec 15, 2011 10:30 AM

    Man, not signing a QB when Cutler went down seems like a horrible idea in retrospect. If it was any other QB in there they would have beat the Chiefs and Broncos, staying alive for the playoffs, where Cutler would be back. Seriously, Favre might have thrown 2 INT’s a game, but you can also guess he would get 2 TD passes. Actually, 2 INT would still be better than Hanie.

    As for Forte, well, that’s what the Bears get for grinding him to a pulp. No longevity then. Should have tried to build some depth at the RB position for cheap during the off season through the draft.

  24. gb4mn0 says: Dec 15, 2011 10:31 AM

    This is one of the true NFL rivalry games (unlike GB & that 3rd rate expansion team in MN) and you always want to see both teams at full strength so no excuses can be made. I hope Cutler can play.

  25. alewatcher says: Dec 15, 2011 10:33 AM

    woodyg says: Dec 15, 2011 8:57 AM

    QB ….. Most important position in the NFL …… The Bears are what happens when you don’t invest enough $$$$ in BUs to make a difference …..

    —————-

    The Colts also happen with no backup QB plan…

  26. trollhammer20 says: Dec 15, 2011 10:39 AM

    I was looking at the possible Fox 1 PM Eastern starts for this weekend, and Seattle at Chicago is the only one that features two teams with playoff possibilities.

    Caleb Hanie vs. Tavaris Jackson. Get your popcorn, America.

  27. pudgalvin says: Dec 15, 2011 10:43 AM

    @orange: I forgot the Niners, my mistake. Fourth best. There’s no argument that it went Packers, Niners/Saints, Bears.

  28. mialto says: Dec 15, 2011 10:50 AM

    Cutler back gives Bears a better chance to make a post season run. Bears should pray!

  29. westmantooth says: Dec 15, 2011 10:53 AM

    Ummmm… Does nobody remember that Cutler lost the last three to Green Bay?

    Does anyone remember that the guy’s brain will shut off occasionally and he will give a game away?

    Has anyone forgotten that several of the Bears wins this year and last (including playoffs vs. Seattle) could have very easily been losses had the Defensive Backs that Cutler threw the ball DIRECTLY to held on?

    I’m sorry, but the BEARS season ends in sadness with or without Cutler. The dude is not that good.

  30. freebird2011 says: Dec 15, 2011 11:01 AM

    Even if the Bears lose to Seattle, there would still be an outside shot for them to make the playoffs if they beat both the Packers and Vikings. Should that occur, they would have a division record of 4-2.

    Since the Lions play the Packers at Lambeau in the finale, the odds of them winning that game and also finishing 4-2 aren’t very good.

    In any event, a Bears team with a 4-2 division and 9-7 overall record would beat a Lions team with a 3-3 division and 9-7 overall record.

    That’s the only reason I can think of for Cutler to try to come back for the Packers game.

    However, if the Bears lose to Seattle to fall to 7-7 and the Lions beat the Raiders to improve to 9-5, Cutler’s return probably wouldn’t make sense.

  31. fnslidevick says: Dec 15, 2011 11:03 AM

    And all the steeler fans are wondering why harrison got suspended. We need quarterbacks in this league. Thats why the league is protecting them. Im not a bears fan but I would rather watch cutler and the bears play rodgers and the packers then hanie. Dude sucks and makes for a boring game.

  32. orangeflh says: Dec 15, 2011 11:09 AM

    Cutler has actually (begrudgingly) earned my respect somewhat. He’s definitely tough, and he can play. Still…. the Bears are a train wreck.

    The Bears were built to run the ball, play defense and dominate on special teams. They needed a “game manager” not a gunslinger. No matter how good Cutler may or may not be, he was a poor fit for the Bears.

    Then, to make matters worse (or better, depending on your point of view) they went out and hired Mike Martz. Martz’s “system” doesn’t fit with the Bears OR with Cutler.

    The Bears do finally have a QB, but will they have enough sense to build around him and install an offense that fits him better before he’s used up? History says no. They’ll screw it up. It’s just what they do.

  33. pudgalvin says: Dec 15, 2011 11:15 AM

    Yes wesmantooth, that one almost int against the Seahawks would have been the difference in a game that was 28-3 after three quarters. Cutler had his struggles the last couple years, but that hasn’t really shown since about week 8 of last season.

  34. textexington says: Dec 15, 2011 11:16 AM

    21-14. Go Pack Go!!!

  35. skittlesareyum says: Dec 15, 2011 11:28 AM

    Hey pack fans…remember last year when you lost your sunshine california QB to a concussion? Remember how your team lost 7-3 to Lions? You do remember that, right?

    No, all I remember is 21-16, followed by 48-21, followed by 21-14, followed by 31-25.

  36. fnslidevick says: Dec 15, 2011 11:35 AM

    21-14? More like 36-10 packers. And one of those touchdowns will be from Hester. Bears offense is terrible without Cutler and Forte

  37. coleman121280 says: Dec 15, 2011 11:43 AM

    CUTLER BROKE HIS THUMB BECAUSE HE IS DUMB.

  38. flickaboogie says: Dec 15, 2011 11:44 AM

    The Bears really suck without Cutler but they really weren’t that good with him.

  39. vikescry1 says: Dec 15, 2011 11:52 AM

    the bears were looking good before cutler went down, they won 5 straight if i’m not mistaken. but in all reality bears fans even with forte struggling some he still kept defense’s honest which opened up the passing game for cutler. and hanie is not a very good qb. tj, yates? tebow just to name a few backup qb’s. but if the pack win at k.c. there going to go for 16-0 so bears fans i wouldn’t plan on them letting you or the lions into the playoff’s if they can help it. not saying you can’t win cuz you or the lions might, but it won’t be easy. so bear down on that!

  40. westmantooth says: Dec 15, 2011 12:01 PM

    “Yes wesmantooth, that one almost int against the Seahawks would have been the difference in a game that was 28-3 after three quarters.”

    ————————————————————
    That almost interception was a 99-yard pick-six early in the game with a (I believe) one score difference. That changes the game.

  41. jimmysee says: Dec 15, 2011 12:10 PM

    As a lifelong Packers fan, going back to the Lombardi-Halas days, I am hopeful Jay Cutler will be ready to go.

    There is no satisfaction in kicking a team when it’s down.

    It’s better to play at full strength.

    The Bears are worthy adversaries.

    It’s a great rivalry.

    Hope Jay can make it back to Lambeau.

  42. imsmarterthanyou says: Dec 15, 2011 12:39 PM

    roastbeefsandwich says:
    Dec 15, 2011 10:30 AM
    Man, not signing a QB when Cutler went down seems like a horrible idea in retrospect. If it was any other QB in there they would have beat the Chiefs and Broncos, staying alive for the playoffs, where Cutler would be back. Seriously, Favre might have thrown 2 INT’s a game, but you can also guess he would get 2 TD passes. Actually, 2 INT would still be better than Hanie.

    As for Forte, well, that’s what the Bears get for grinding him to a pulp. No longevity then. Should have tried to build some depth at the RB position for cheap during the off season through the draft.

    @roastbeefsandwich
    I kinda sorta agree with you, but zero chance I would have wanted Favre. As a Bears fan I find it almost sacrilegious. In retrospect, we tried to get Orton, and got blocked by the Chiefs. Orton would have been best case scenario.

    As for the running back situation. We’re fine. Barber and Bell have performed with Forte out. I’m not ignoring Barber’s mistakes last week, I just don’t think they’re relevant to this conversation.

  43. imsmarterthanyou says: Dec 15, 2011 12:48 PM

    westmantooth says:
    Dec 15, 2011 12:01 PM
    “Yes wesmantooth, that one almost int against the Seahawks would have been the difference in a game that was 28-3 after three quarters.”

    ————————————————————
    That almost interception was a 99-yard pick-six early in the game with a (I believe) one score difference. That changes the game.

    @westmantooth
    remember that one game, where if that one thing would’ve happened the other team would have won? Remember that one?!

  44. londonfletcher says: Dec 15, 2011 1:06 PM

    “Some NFL fans have the intelligence of someone who played football without a helmut for 20 years.”

    You spelled helmet wrong.

  45. glac1 says: Dec 15, 2011 1:12 PM

    More then likely it will be a meaningless game for both teams… The Bears playing out the string and the Packers already with the number one seed.

  46. textexington says: Dec 15, 2011 1:20 PM

    21-14 was the score when the Packers won the 2010 NFC Championship game at Soldier Field. Sorry for the confusion.GO PACK GO!!!

  47. seeschool says: Dec 15, 2011 8:39 PM

    \”Faced with a minor injury like this, Ronnie Lott would have cut off his injured thumb and returned to the field and continued to dominate.”

    So, your advice to Jay Cutler would be to cut off the injured thumb on his throwing hand and reenter them game. Is that what i’m gathering from this comment? If so….that’s pure genius.

  48. dmobey says: Dec 15, 2011 10:30 PM

    Don’t forget that three chin Cutler stood on the sideline laughing it up.

    Real inury – just not real enough to enjoy the game.

    As a spectator.

    *************************************
    textexington says:
    Dec 15, 2011 1:20 PM
    21-14 was the score when the Packers won the 2010 NFC Championship game at Soldier Field. Sorry for the confusion.GO PACK GO!!!

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