Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said earlier this week that he was wearing a hard cast on his sprained left ankle because there was fear of ligament damage that would keep him out for an even longer period of time.
Things seem to be progressing, though, because coach Marc Trestman said that Cutler, who has been ruled out of this week’s game, was out of the cast and wearing only a brace during Wednesday’s practice. Trestman said that doctors were happy with the stability in the ankle, allowing them to lessen the protection around the ankle but not allowing Trestman to make any predictions about Cutler returning in Week 13.
“I’m going to stay on a just week-to-week because I’ve stayed pretty consistent with [that],” Trestman said, via the Chicago Tribune. “I’m really not the doctor. They tell me it’s week-to-week. I try not to put myself in a position where I get overly optimistic about these things. I just take them as they come, so I look at it as being week-to-week right now, and we’ll see where he is on Monday.”
Josh McCown will start again for the Bears this week and he’s played well enough for the Bears to be comfortable being patient about Cutler’s recovery from an injury that looks to be headed in the right direction.