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Jay Cutler says groin is fine, ankle injury forced him out of game

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Bears quarterback Jay Cutler left Sunday’s loss to the Lions before the team’s final drive because of an ankle injury, not an aggravation of the groin injury that kept him out of the lineup last week.

After the game, Cutler said, via Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times, that he rolled his left ankle during the first half of the game and that limited his mobility in the second half before he finally came out of the game. It was clear watching Cutler that he was operating at less than full speed, though he said it was just his ankle bothering him and that his groin was fine. That lack of mobility wound up leading to the decision to remove Cutler from the game.

Cutler also said that x-rays on the ankle were negative, although there’s no word yet on his status for next week. Cutler was 21-of-40 for 250 yards with a touchdown and an interception before the injury.

McCown led the Bears to a touchdown, but the team couldn’t get a two-point conversion despite having two shots at it thanks to a penalty by the Lions on their first attempt.

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22 Responses to “Jay Cutler says groin is fine, ankle injury forced him out of game”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 10, 2013 5:37 PM

    That was a tough game to watch for Cutler’s sake. I’m glad my job isn’t to take a beating from Nick Fairley, he just made a mess of things out there all day.

  2. nfl4days says: Nov 10, 2013 5:41 PM

    Cutler should have been taken out for McCown much earlier. Team > Pride

  3. wisconsinhillfolk says: Nov 10, 2013 5:48 PM

    The Leo’s D line is ferocious.

    Lions win the Division.

  4. coachkilla6 says: Nov 10, 2013 6:28 PM

    All Cutler did today was hurt his team going forward. When they miss the playoffs, fans of Duh Bears should remember how Cutler and Trestman combined to make one of the dumbest decisions for this franchise. Intelligent decision making should have trumped ego and pride. Bears failed again.

  5. flaccothewacko says: Nov 10, 2013 6:29 PM

    Cutler’s groin is fine… Nice to know.

    His heart is the big question mark.

  6. simplesimon1 says: Nov 10, 2013 6:40 PM

    At the end of the day, nobody knows what would have happened if McCown would have started. It’s fun to look at the last drive and say, “He led a TD drive and Cutler didn’t look like himself”, but that was in garbage time vs a prevent defense. Also, that stupid penalty early in the drive made it possible to begin with. It was hardly on McCown.

    I would say that Detroit earned the win, period. They are the best team in the division now that Rodgers is down. It’s up to them to lose.

    With the weak schedule left for the Lions I’d be scared of the Lions getting home playoff games. Look at the remaining games…it’s very possible to end up at 12-4 still. At the very worst, 10-6. Today was the hardest game left on the schedule.

    Also, I’d point out that Soldier Field is hard to win at. To play one of your worst games of the year and still win is quite telling. The old Lions don’t win this game.

  7. Abattoir says: Nov 10, 2013 6:42 PM

    Jay Cutler gets criticism for not playing through a torn MCL in the 2011 NFC Championship game. Conversely, he’s being criticized today for not leaving the game due to groin/ankle injuries.

    Seriously?

  8. noeffinway says: Nov 10, 2013 6:45 PM

    One Pride.

  9. doe22us says: Nov 10, 2013 6:45 PM

    The Packers would have run away with the division, without that major injury. I guess injury is the great equalizer. If the Pack can win 2 out of their next three, i doubt it. They should win, but as long as Rogers is shelved the division probably may go to the lions. You always want to win on merit and not default.

  10. lioncrazy says: Nov 10, 2013 6:49 PM

    Just rhetoric, it is not fine. The way he passed the ball and moved around the pocket, holding himself after plays, one could tell he was hurting. He was usually good for a couple of scrambles as well. No sir, not healthy at all.

  11. flaccothewacko says: Nov 10, 2013 6:49 PM

    That’s okay, dislike my comment… LOL Waaaah! You hurt my feelings (sarcasm- a great friend of mine).

    Injuries are no excuse… Just because Rodgers got discount double-checked, if the Packers are really a “good team”, they should be able to overcome the injury.

    Rodgers is their team. Plain and simple.

  12. lks311 says: Nov 10, 2013 7:17 PM

    I’m not buying the “ankle” story. Anyone that’s ever had a groin injury recognizes that stiff leg walk that Cutler exhibited after Half-Time.

  13. lennydpocketqb says: Nov 10, 2013 8:14 PM

    Soft.

  14. blackhawks2010 says: Nov 10, 2013 8:29 PM

    Bears left 11 points on the field today. Losing to weak teams like Detroit will come back and haunt them.

  15. iowahbr says: Nov 10, 2013 8:56 PM

    After 6 very good quarters from Josh we get the bad Jay for 3.75 quarters and lose a very important game. Someone tell Trestman that is is the head coach, not Jay.

    PS: No argument that Culter is tough but the idea is to win NFL games, not prove how tough Jay is.

  16. wnstonchill says: Nov 10, 2013 9:08 PM

    That loss is lies on the shoulders of coach Marc Trestman! I’m a Trestman fan and I really like what he’s brought to this Bears team this year, but today, he flat out got outcoached. And, to say that he was outcoached by Jim Schwartz is about as painful as it gets!

  17. willnit says: Nov 10, 2013 10:23 PM

    The Lions have me being a believer. They are beating inferior opponents like they should. Keep it up and you might get a home playoff game.

    One Pride!

  18. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Nov 10, 2013 10:45 PM

    Excuses.
    The score at the end of the game is the only thing that matters.
    Cutler always looks like he’s about to start crying. Why is that?

  19. dino2997 says: Nov 11, 2013 2:37 AM

    The Lions are the healthiest team in the division by far. The Bears had to start 5 rookies yet the Lions only won by 2 points. Do the Lions really scare anybody?

  20. Stupid Lions Fan says: Nov 11, 2013 8:24 AM

    blackhawks2010 says:
    Nov 10, 2013 8:29 PM
    Bears left 11 points on the field today. Losing to weak teams like Detroit will come back and haunt them.
    __________________________

    What are you talking about son? Weak team? Your boys got swept. SWEPT. The scoreboard doesn’t lie.

  21. larryboodry says: Nov 11, 2013 12:36 PM

    Big Cutler fan here, but sorry, that ankle story doesn’t wash. His groin injury flared up on him, you could tell by how he was hobbling in the second half.

  22. lovethelions says: Nov 11, 2013 1:24 PM

    Well, it’s great to know Cutler’s groin is fine…too bad he has to use his hands to throw the football and his feet to run away from our defense.

    McClown is a better choice, but I will say thank you for keeping Green Bay out of the way for a few more weeks.

    Go LIONS!!!!!!!

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