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Jay Cutler worried about ligament damage in his ankle

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The Bears didn’t waste any time in ruling quarterback Jay Cutler out for this week’s game against the Rams and the quarterback threw cold water on hopes that he’d be back in the near future during a radio interview later in the day.

Cutler was making his regular weekly appearance on ESPN 1000 in Chicago and said that talk of a return for the team’s December 1 game against the Vikings remains premature. Cutler revealed that there are concerns about ligament damage that go beyond his high ankle sprain, which is why he’s wearing a cast and why he’s without a clear idea of when he’ll be able to return.

“There are a couple of ligaments that we’re a little worried about that’s different than the normal high ankle sprain,” Cutler said. “There are a few other things involved. If I just had a normal high ankle sprain, I wouldn’t be in a cast. [A cast] helps it scar up and stuff, but the normal high ankle sprain isn’t really a concern at this point.”

Josh McCown has filled in capably for Cutler and his presence makes it easy for the team to avoid the temptation to put Cutler back into the lineup any sooner than necessary.

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  1. joetoronto says: Nov 19, 2013 11:01 AM

    It’s getting cold out this time of year, too cold to play football.

    Right, Jay?

  2. wannabear says: Nov 19, 2013 11:07 AM

    Oh my Josh!!!!

  3. johnnyjagfan says: Nov 19, 2013 11:08 AM

    They should not have rushed him back with the groin injury to start with.

  4. gosuhgo says: Nov 19, 2013 11:11 AM

    Maybe the Bears shouldn’t have trotted your hobbled QB out there to take shots from the Lions all day. Just a thought.

  5. facebookfirevicketchman says: Nov 19, 2013 11:13 AM

    This isn’t going to bode well for his toughness issues.

  6. eaglesnoles05 says: Nov 19, 2013 11:14 AM

    Ya Think? Shouldn’t even have been out on the field when that happened.

  7. purpleguy says: Nov 19, 2013 11:19 AM

    Seems like this time of year you can count on two things: (1) Thanksgiving, and (2) Jay Cutler being out with an injury.

  8. cutlersmangina says: Nov 19, 2013 11:26 AM

    Nothing new here, another injury for Cutler. Time to cut ties with this overrated, injury-prone QB.

  9. allday28mvpmvp says: Nov 19, 2013 11:28 AM

    Bears fans should be worried. They have a great team this year but they need Cutler. He has proved to be tough but delicate, if that makes sense. Detroit needs to capitalize and prove they can win late season games. Either way, its coming down to Chicago and Detroit in the NFC North.

    Its hard to not like the Motor City Kitties right now. Offense is outstanding, d-backs need to step up, they played well in the first 5 games…

  10. ravenswhat says: Nov 19, 2013 11:29 AM

    I’m sure Jay’s agent is really looking forward to negotiating an extention with the Bears this off-season. The Bears don’t pay guys and the 2nd string QB has proven they can win without Jay.

    I mean, what could possibly go wrong?

  11. pkrjones says: Nov 19, 2013 11:35 AM

    Headline should read “Jay Cutler worried about future contract as McCown proves Cutler unnecessary for wins”.

    Jay won’t be joining the $100Million club this offseason, as McCown will start/play in ’14 with high draft pick ready for ’15.

  12. TheRealLogicalVoice says: Nov 19, 2013 11:36 AM

    And the next QB of the Jacksonville Jaguars is… JAY CUTLER!

  13. jedimasterbates says: Nov 19, 2013 11:37 AM

    From what I’ve seen of McCown , I’m impressed. Isn’t Cutler’s contract up at the end of the season? I think Cutler’s played his last game for the Bears. Let him go and go with McCown.

  14. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Nov 19, 2013 11:38 AM

    Was he whining and crying when he said it?

  15. rationalthinker82 says: Nov 19, 2013 11:41 AM

    Understandable, but not long ago were the days when players didnt admit that publicly. It’s just implied, but you dont say it.

    I dont necesarily think Cutler is soft like a lot of the meathead and keyboard courage types on this thread will probably accuse him of, I just think he’s very bad at making himself not look that way.

  16. norseyapper says: Nov 19, 2013 11:41 AM

    It will be interesting to see if the Bears are willing to commit the big money to this guy after the season.

  17. jazsrt says: Nov 19, 2013 11:45 AM

    purpleguy says:
    Nov 19, 2013 11:19 AM
    Seems like this time of year you can count on two things: (1) Thanksgiving, and (2) Jay Cutler being out with an injury.
    __________________________

    And the Vikings quarterback (which ever one is playing) being a joke.

  18. wisconsinhillfolk says: Nov 19, 2013 11:47 AM

    Anyone who believes Josh McCown is taking any team to any type of playoffs is a new fool.

  19. beardinals says: Nov 19, 2013 12:07 PM

    McCown can hold down the fort until draft time.

  20. rootgamble says: Nov 19, 2013 12:08 PM

    From what I’ve seen of McCown , I’m impressed. Isn’t Cutler’s contract up at the end of the season? I think Cutler’s played his last game for the Bears. Let him go and go with McCown.

    ———————————–
    McCown is a 34 year old career backup who was out of the league for 2 years. He has filled in very well for Cutler but he is nowhere near as talented? Cutler had been putting up career numbers before being injured. If a backup can do what he’s doing in this offense imagine what a player with an arm like Cutler can do. Not to mention they have arguably the best wide receiver tandem in the league right now as well as a much better offensive line. Think about that for a second. This is the same team who only 2 years ago said Devin Hester was a #1.

    I, for one, am excited to see what Cutler will be able to do in year 2 and possibly year 3. People are kidding themselves if they think the Bears are going to let him walk.

  21. iowahbr says: Nov 19, 2013 12:09 PM

    Let’s take a copy from the Bulls game plan and let Cutler have a Rose rest period for the remainder of the year. Josh has played well in the games he has been in and Culter is just plain too brittle although all these toughness questions about him are pure BS. Let him sit and then the Bears need to decide on a new contract or use the player tag rule to keep him for one more year.

  22. coachkilla6 says: Nov 19, 2013 12:14 PM

    Cutler is as S-O-F-T as they come. College and High School QB’s have more grit than Jay.

  23. mkos4513 says: Nov 19, 2013 12:31 PM

    I wish all the meatheads would stop it with the “the Bears should dump Jay for Josh” talk. Why do fans fall in love with the backup QBs so quickly? I’m glad Josh is playing so well, but he is a BACKUP. The league doesn’t have enough legit starting QBs, so what makes some fans think that their are teams that have 2 starters on their roster? Flynn & Kolb are some recent examples of backup QBs that people thought should be starters and look how well that turned out.

  24. harrycanyon says: Nov 19, 2013 12:37 PM

    This is Josh McCown’s pro resume. He is not the asnwer to any QB question anywhere.

    Arizona Cardinals (2002–2005)
    Detroit Lions (2006)
    Oakland Raiders (2007)
    Miami Dolphins (2008)*
    Carolina Panthers (2008–2009)
    Hartford Colonials (2010)
    San Francisco 49ers (2011)*
    Chicago Bears (2011–present)

  25. bearshaterseverywhere says: Nov 19, 2013 12:40 PM

    It’s funny watch people waste so much time, energy and effort to judge Cutler. He’s hurt he’s not making it up. Bears beat the fudge at Green Bay and they beat the Superbowl Champs. So far so good, I predicted 8-8 and 2 losses to Green Bay. Good season in my book. Everyone is just mad and hating cuz our backup is better than their starter…..how about that!

  26. chillyball says: Nov 19, 2013 1:02 PM

    The Cutler is who we thought he was.

  27. frank booth says: Nov 19, 2013 1:09 PM

    coachkilla6 says: Nov 19, 2013 12:14 PM

    Cutler is as S-O-F-T as they come. College and High School QB’s have more grit than Jay.
    ==================================
    You should watch football some time. It’s a great game.

  28. beardownfromcali says: Nov 19, 2013 1:10 PM

    You just have to accept people for what they are, and I learned the greatest gift of all. The saddest thing in life is wasted talent…

  29. iowahbr says: Nov 19, 2013 1:12 PM

    Cutler’s great skills do the Bears no good if he is watching from the sidelines. We’ve seen this story before, several times in fact.

  30. bobby2478 says: Nov 19, 2013 1:19 PM

    I doubt Chicago would be dumb enough to let Cutler walk after it becoming painfully obvious that it’s extremely tough to find a capable QB via the draft (with the exception of a once in every 20 yr player like Luck).

    If however they ARE dumb enough to let him walk, that would be great news for the Vikings. They would pounce on that and throw wads of money at him.

    For all his faults, Cutler is a very capable QB, not someone you’ll easily replace via the draft (especially unless you happen to have the top pick in the exact year a prospect like Luck will be available).

  31. notoriousped says: Nov 19, 2013 1:38 PM

    You haters are pathetic, you don’t even watch Bears games but you’re an expert on our QB

    yeah right, and I didn’t go to med school but I’m pretty sure I could figure out that whole open heart surgery thing because I played operation as a kid

  32. wnstonchill says: Nov 19, 2013 1:40 PM

    I’m a 50/50 regarding Cutler’s future here in Chicago. Personally, I believe Trestman’s offensive system is user friendly enough to work without a high caliber QB behind center. Infact, seeing what McCown has done is proof of that. The Bears need a young, capable QB that they can plug into this system for 1/5 of the money that it would cost to bring Jay Cutler back next year. The 20 million he’s going to demand doesn’t make sense for this team when there are so many other holes to plug and keep this team competetive and moving forward. That being said, I don’t think Cutler is an elite QB in the NFL by any means, but he is the most talented QB this franchise has ever seen in it’s long history. Just the same, talent is overrated in many ways. It’s not Cutler’s talent holding him back from being elite. His achilles heel is from the neck up!

  33. aldante66 says: Nov 19, 2013 1:40 PM

    I’m a professional ligament guy. I can look at a pothole in a magazine and stretch a liggy. Both ankles multiple times.
    The last time I was lucky and broke the ankle, piece of cake with that.
    If he has liggy issues, torn needs surgery and he is very done for season and playoffs, put a fork in him.
    If severely stretched, hell he made need a casts, I had mine on for three months.
    If its an in betweener he could still miss several weeks.
    I read and can confirm you never recover 100% for this type injury. Pothole in magazine.

  34. lionsfan2014 says: Nov 19, 2013 1:57 PM

    In a contract year, Jay Cutler bet on Jay Cutler and just like everyone else who has this year, Jay Cutler lost (1-6-1 ATS in 2013)

  35. artvan15 says: Nov 19, 2013 2:03 PM

    I would sign him to a new long term deal right now. Something like 20 million a year for then next 5 years. You don’t want this guy to get away do you?

  36. chris6523 says: Nov 19, 2013 2:10 PM

    The contract situation with Cutler is potentially going to be a fascinating story to watch. Cutler could miss a lot of time and McNown has played quite well in Cutler’s place. During the Monday night game, Chucky quoted Trestman as comparing McNown to Rich Gannon, which may suggest Trestman isn’t unwilling to hand over the reigns of the team for the next few years to McNown. The only way Cutler gets franchised is if he returns and really lights it up, which seems very unlikely. Say what you want about Cutler, but QBs with his talent and experience rarely hit the open market and it seems likely that he will.

  37. wjarvis says: Nov 19, 2013 2:17 PM

    Before resigning anybody the bears have about $70 million in cap space next year for over 30 roster spots. With that money they essentially need an entire defense, kicker, guard, center, and quarterback. This is the offseason where bears fans will really get to see what Emery has planned and like most bears fans, I can confidently say I have no idea what Emery is thinking. I think Cutler will almost certainly be franchised, but whether he is traded after that we’ll see. I don’t think anybody thinks McCown is a long term answer, but I think the bears have a better chance of being successful year after year without spending almost 20% of our cap space on Cutler. Cutler is a very talented QB, but unlike Manning, Brady, Rodgers, or Brees he doesn’t make everyone around him better.

  38. purpleguy says: Nov 19, 2013 2:19 PM

    Well jzsart, Vikings QBs may very well be a joke, but they seemed to make the playoffs last year playing a jokester while, surprise, Cutler was on the sidelines hurt. The year before, Cutler begged out in a playoff game and was seen walking around pretty easily the next week. And this year he’s standing on the sideline in a boot with a high ankle sprain while Peyton Manning plays with a brace on his. Trashing my team’s crappy QBs won’t change the fact that Cutler is neither reliable, durable or pain tolerant — but hey, at least — Cutler’s reality star wife may be hotter than Ponder’s wife.

  39. ditkasgumspitinyourface says: Nov 19, 2013 2:30 PM

    Not good for longevity when you are the non-franchise starting QB, go down with an injury, and the team continues to win without you using a journeyman backup.

  40. iowahbr says: Nov 19, 2013 2:33 PM

    If you really are a Bears fan let me paint the ultimate Bears fan nightmare. 4th quarter and Bears behind with 8 minutes to go by 7 points after the other teams TD to make this years play-offs.. Bears get it on the 20 yard line and 1 one 2 things will most likely happened:

    (30% chance) Culter throws 2 unbelievable balls in the next 6 plays and Bears tie the game.

    (70% chance) Cutler throws 2 unblievable balls, the 2nd of which is intecepted for a pick 6 and the Bears are down by 14 with 3 minutes to go and about to receive another kick-off. Kiss another season good bye to team re-building.

    Have I seen this before or am I just day dreaming.

    PS: I am not a hater but rather have watched too much Culter gunslinging or standing on the sidelines, neither of which I enjoy.

  41. tyge8 says: Nov 19, 2013 2:37 PM

    High ankle sprains are commonly associated with deltoid ligament sprains (The ligament distal to the syndesmosis between the tib and fib). Don’t speculate and berate someone when you have no clinical background and have no clue of the severity. 90% of this forum appears shallow and ignorant…. Cutler is doing the best he can with the injuries dealt to him.

  42. jazsrt says: Nov 19, 2013 2:38 PM

    purpleguy says:
    Nov 19, 2013 2:19 PM
    Well jzsart, Vikings QBs may very well be a joke, but they seemed to make the playoffs last year playing a jokester while, surprise, Cutler was on the sidelines hurt. The year before, Cutler begged out in a playoff game and was seen walking around pretty easily the next week. And this year he’s standing on the sideline in a boot with a high ankle sprain while Peyton Manning plays with a brace on his. Trashing my team’s crappy QBs won’t change the fact that Cutler is neither reliable, durable or pain tolerant — but hey, at least — Cutler’s reality star wife may be hotter than Ponder’s wife.
    ___________________________

    The Vikings made the playoffs on a last second field goal…and were promptly knocked out the following week. You can hang your hat on ‘making the playoffs,’ but it really doesn’t matter. (Also, your jokester QB was not the reason you made the playoffs last year, it was your running back.)

    This year, your ‘playoff’ team is 2-8, while the Bears, who were just one game shy last year, are still in contention.

    That, my friend, is what you call a fluke season.

    Our hurt quarterback has more wins than the entire team in Minnesota this year…while being injured and out for three games.

    Cutler is hurt-but the Bears coaching staff have the luxury of letting him rest because they have a competent back up along with a system that is proving true.

    In conclusion, do not throw stones when you live in a glass house.

  43. frank booth says: Nov 19, 2013 2:59 PM

    purpleguy says: Nov 19, 2013 2:19 PM

    Well jzsart, Vikings QBs may very well be a joke, but they seemed to make the playoffs last year playing a jokester while, surprise, Cutler was on the sidelines hurt. The year before, Cutler begged out in a playoff game and was seen walking around pretty easily the next week. And this year he’s standing on the sideline in a boot with a high ankle sprain while Peyton Manning plays with a brace on his. Trashing my team’s crappy QBs won’t change the fact that Cutler is neither reliable, durable or pain tolerant — but hey, at least — Cutler’s reality star wife may be hotter than Ponder’s wife.
    ==================================
    I’m curious. Who said that Cutler begged out of the playoff game, aside from some people in the media? Who saw him walking around easily the next week? I never heard about that.

    What do you know about the Cutler and Manning ankle sprains? You are aware that there are different degrees of sprains and damage, aren’t you?

    How would you know the pain tolerance of either?

    You’re making a lot of objective assumptions about subjective issues.

    If you don’t like Cutler, just say that, instead of making things up.

  44. nwest20 says: Nov 19, 2013 3:38 PM

    Tough guy…..NOT!

  45. frank booth says: Nov 19, 2013 3:53 PM

    The guy was hurried and hit more than any QB behind arguably the worst O-line in the NFL for several years prior to this, and he took some terrific shots.

    If you actually watched Bears games instead of relying on the meme, you would know this.

  46. chaddukesthebuttpirate says: Nov 19, 2013 4:06 PM

    He should be worried about losing his job to a guy who was coaching high school football a year ago.

  47. iowahbr says: Nov 19, 2013 4:08 PM

    I don’t think Cutler is the future for the Bears because of money but where do all these soft labels come from. Cutler has taken more shots over the last 3 years than anyone esle in the NFL. I see these “Culter is soft” posts and I wonder what Bears games these posters have been watching or even if they own TVs.

  48. pulledgroin says: Nov 19, 2013 4:49 PM

    Just like Jeff George before him Cutler is all talent and no substance. When Denver gives up a franchise quaterback one has to wonder whether or not he really has all the tools. On paper he is a world beater but the on the field he make Bob Avellini look tough. limp a year with McCown and draft a qb high this year. Listening to Bears fan lament the o-line issue, just look north of the cheddar curtain and realizwe Rodgers has been sacked more than Jay has the last three years and has a little bit better track record. It ain’t someone else fault. move on already

  49. dasportsgenius says: Nov 19, 2013 5:22 PM

    It’s comical that only weeks ago Packers fans were telling other teams fans that they can’t blame injuries for their team’s failures. Yet now they are all blaming their pathetic team’s awful play on in injuries. ROFLLL!!!!!!!!

    Other teams learned to move on and win games without their starting QB, I guess Packers are just not a good overall team. ROFLLL

  50. larryboodry says: Nov 19, 2013 7:07 PM

    I have no problem with Jay’s toughness, talent, or intelligence, all of which are documented by people who’ve actually coached and played alongside him.

    I am, however, starting to worry about his durability moving forward. I’d like to see the Bears franchise-tag him for next year, and draft and groom his replacement to take over in 2015.

  51. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 19, 2013 7:09 PM

    Josh is a better leader. I think the Bears need to cut their losses on Quitler and move on.

  52. dino2997 says: Nov 20, 2013 12:33 AM

    Get better soon, Jay. Bears fans know and appreciate you.

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