The Chicago Bears will know the extent of Jay Cutler‘s groin injury by Monday afternoon but the team is bracing for the worst.
According to a report from Brad Biggs in the Chicago Tribune, the Bears believe that Cutler’s injury is severe. Severe enough to likely keep the quarterback out for most if not all of the remaining 10 weeks of the NFL regular season.
All the signs point to Cutler being out for an extended amount of time. Between the Bears immediately calling Jordan Palmer; immediately ordering a MRI; and the fact that Cutler needed to be carted out of the stadium; those incidents don’t speak to the notion of this being an injury that will allow Cutler to play in the foreseeable future.
Speculation going around twitter is that Cutler suffered the same injury that Nomar Garciaparra did for the Chicago Cubs in 2005. In an early regular season game for the Cubs in April of 2005, Garciapparra tore his groin muscle. An injury that put the shortstop on the disabled list for three months.
Where the comparison between Garciaparra’s injury and Cutler’s injury takes shape is how Garciaparra described the pain.
“I’ve had groin pulls before,” Garciaparra said. “I didn’t know what I did. I knew it didn’t feel like the other strains. I tore this tendon off to a pretty good extent. Right now we haven’t decided exactly what the treatment is, so we don’t even know what the timetable is.”-Nomar Garciaparra, Chicago Tribune
That would seemingly go hand-in-hand with Cutler’s reaction on Sunday. Photos showed Cutler grimacing and moaning in pain as he was making his way off the field and eventually carted to the locker room and later to the team bus.
The Cubs trainer in 2005 was Mark O’Neal. Here is how O’Neal described Garciaparra’s injury.
“If you don’t do the surgery, and four to six weeks from now you still have problems with it, then you’re concerned with, `What do we do now?’” O’Neal said. “With the surgery, it’s something you want to do within a relatively [short] time because it contracts back like a rubber band.”-Mark O’Neal, Chicago Tribune
Now we wait until the results of Cutler’s MRI. But if Garciaparra is any indicator for Cutler, the MRI will likely be bad news for the Bears.