Cutler has a goal to return sooner than expected

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When the Bears lost quarterback Jay Cutler for at least a month to a groin injury, receiver Brandon Marshall predicted Cutler would miss only two games.  More recently, Marshall said Cutler will miss only one game.

Marshall may have been right on the money.

Via ESPNChicago.com, Cutler said Tuesday that he could return sooner than the stated timetable of at least a month.

Yeah, that’s the goal,” Cutler said, sounding a bit like Tommy Flanagan.  “Brandon is optimistic and so am I.  We’ll see how it goes.”

Coach Marc Trestman understandably pumped the brakes.  (Which is easy for him to do, since his groin isn’t injured.)

“Brandon is a teammate and he’s optimistic that his teammate will be back,” Trestman said.  “He’s not the doctor.  When I talk about a player’s prognosis to play, it’s not mine.  It’s what the doctors have said is the normal.  That doesn’t mean that Jay can’t beat the odds and come back quicker and again, he’s optimistic, you’ve talked to him, he’s optimistic, and we all are, I don’t make that determination, the doctors do. . . .

“What I’m saying is that I don’t decide when Jay comes back or when any player comes back.  The doctors make that decision.  What I was doing was reiterating the prognosis of the doctors.  They’re not always right.  It could happen faster.  Jay’s optimistic; we all are. B ut I’m not saying we’re not bringing Jay back for four weeks.  That’s what the doctors have said and we’ll work off that timeline.  If it happens quicker, that’d be great.”

Cutler explained that, whenever he returns, he won’t play it safe because of his expiring contract.

“I’m not going to,” Cutler said.  “Each game is valuable, especially second half of the season.  So the sooner I can get back, the better I’m going to feel helping these guys out.”

That’s the right attitude to have.  He’s not going to strike it rich by protecting his groin, or any other part of his body.  He needs to get out there and let it loose, propelling the team to the playoffs and himself to the kind of payday the Bears would have no choice but to give him.

39 responses to “Cutler has a goal to return sooner than expected

  1. I love that he wants to come back asap, but holding him out a little longer – an extra game, may be a smart move. If the Bears want to make a playoff run, they need Cutler as healthy as possible.

  2. source7769 says:
    Oct 29, 2013 4:40 PM
    talk about the division race after Thanksgiving
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    Nah. Can’t wait to watch Lacy/Starks run the ball straight up the gut of that decimated D Line.

  3. It’d be nice to see Cutler in Monday night’s game so the heavily depleted Green Bay squad could crush the Bears without excuses. Oh well. Easy wins are fun too.

  4. Cutler is the toughest QB in the game. Bears need him badly. The Packers and Lions are pretenders anyways so they’ll fall off the map soon enough regardless.

  5. I get people that hate Jay for his performance on the field.

    Cutler is the toughest SOB to play the QB position right now in the NFL, and he wants to play desperately.

    He’s a fiery competitor. That doesn’t make him great, or worth $100M, but its something nice to have on a team.

  6. “gooolions says:
    Oct 29, 2013 4:30 PM
    what are you suggesting athletes don’t just recover inexplicably fast naturally? That’s just not possible.”

    Well, there is sort of sports-Darwinism going on here. Namely, the players that DIDN’T heal fast and weren’t able to bounce back after injuries petered out a while ago.

  7. When the Packers play the Lions on Thanks giving they will have Clay Mathews James Jones and Brad Jones back . they will be ready for that game. the Lions were lucky that Dallas Choked ! How can the Packers be pretenders ? They won the NFC North the last 2 years in a row.

  8. I will say it again, for once, the play at QB is not the issue for the Bears.

    The defense needs to play better in order for this team to be successful (as weird as that sounds).

    If Cutler comes back, and the defense continues to play like garbage, it will not matter-the team will be lucky to be at .500 by the end of the year.

  9. Considering his wife has already removed his testicles, perhaps the groin injury is relatively minor.

  10. After the Bears beat the Packers on Monday there will be no need to rush him back. They are losing to the Lions either way. Get back soon Jay, your Bears fans need you. I would love for three teams to come out of the North into the playoffs. It’s time the Black and Blue division started looking like it.

    GO LIONS!!!

  11. vegasgreek says:
    Oct 29, 2013 5:26 PM
    When the Packers play the Lions on Thanks giving they will have Clay Mathews James Jones and Brad Jones back . they will be ready for that game. the Lions were lucky that Dallas Choked ! How can the Packers be pretenders ? They won the NFC North the last 2 years in a row.
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    The Lions lost the turnover battle to the Cowboys, 4-0. The Lions also WON the time of possession battle, 35:00 to 25:00 and the total offense stat 623-268. Does that sound lucky? I hope that handle doesn’t mean you bet a lot. Because with your lack of knowledge, you’ll soon be living on the street.

  12. stellarperformance says:
    Oct 29, 2013 5:38 PM
    Considering his wife has already removed his testicles, perhaps the groin injury is relatively minor.

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    This applies to all men that get married, not just Cutler.

  13. vicnocal says:
    Oct 29, 2013 5:02 PM

    Toughest QB in the league.

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    Agree. Lots of folks like to pile on Cutler but he is one tough SOB…..plus, it’s a contract year.

  14. coachkilla6 says:
    Oct 29, 2013 4:31 PM
    Hurry back Jayne so you can lead your soon-to-be 4-5 team down the tubes like every other year.

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    Right Roachkilla…you wish you had the balz Cutler has. If you were a QB, you’d play out of the shotgun and as soon as the ball is snapped, you would be running in the other direction, out of the stadium and home to mommy.

  15. Rivers and Cutler used to be rivals when Cutler was still in the AFC West.

    Hilarious to think that people used to even mutter Cutler’s worn out name with the likes of the Great Rivers.

    No one even remembers that Cutler is still in the league. He’s completely invisible out there in Chicago. They can start comparing him to Ponders now instead of Rivers.

  16. Or the guy finally has a real offense around him for the first time ever and he actually likes playing for a coach who doesn’t hang him out to dry on every snap….? He absolutely should be trying to get back as soon as possible! Trestman has drawn nothing but high praise from some of the best QB’s and some of the worst ones who were winners when they were coached by him!

  17. Toughest QB in the league? Yeah he sure looked tough on the sidelines back in 2010 when they had a chance at a super bowl. A tough QB would need to be dragged off the field in that situation.

    And you bear fans shouldn’t talk about the packers being overrated. When was the last time you beat the packers? Until you win a game or two, your opinions mean nothing.

    Your team sure looked good against Washington. Your team sure looked good against a terrible Minnesota team at home. Oh but you beat the Steelers, that’s right. Great win there. Great comeback win against a Cincy team who were up 3 touchdowns against you. If there’s a team that’s overrated, its yours. Your defense is aging and a shell of themselves, your one receiver is a premadonna, your QB is terrible, and your o line will once again be exposed in due time. The only good thing about the bears is your running back. He deserves better than the garbage team he’s on.

  18. eightandeightlions says:
    Oct 29, 2013 7:11 PM
    Leave it to a Packers fan to call Cutler out for being a Pre-Madonna.

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    I love the usage of “pre-madonna.”

    We’re talking the 70’s here, folks.

  19. @jazsrt:

    I’m with you…The Bears scored 41 points against Washington and lost…With defense like that, it doesn’t matter who plays QB. But still, we need Jay back soon.

  20. And those of you still harping on the NFC Championship game in 2010, nobody’s buying that crap anymore…Nobody with a brain, anyway.

  21. larryboodry says:
    Oct 30, 2013 1:45 AM
    And those of you still harping on the NFC Championship game in 2010, nobody’s buying that crap anymore…

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    …..because the Bears have beaten the Packers so many times since that humiliating loss.

    Oh wait, they haven’t. Not even once.

  22. Cutler tough? The guy is out injured every season, he is soft.
    That groin injury seriously? That sack was harmless and he pulls his groin rolling over the defender?

  23. Surely this post will start a big argument since any Cutler article does that but Cutler has entered the NFL quarterback’s twilight zone. The best QB that the Bears have had in at least 10 years although he is not at the Elway, Brady, Manning, or Bradshaw level. Unfortunately the Bears team has now crumbled around him and he has greater value to another team than to the cap frustrated Bears. The Bears need rebuilding at so many positions now that Cutler has greater value as draft bait and/or cap reduction space than as a QB to the Bears. The trip through the no play-off desert will continue for Bears fans unlike what happened at Indy.

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