A MRI on Monday morning confirmed that Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler suffered a torn groin muscle in the second quarter of the Bears game against Washington Redskins on Sunday.
The Chicago Bears announced on Monday that Cutler will miss at least the next four weeks while the torn muscle in his groin heals. This was the injury that many speculated when the injury to Cutler first happened. Fortunately for the Bears and Cutler, the injury is not as severe as it was to Nomar Garciaparra for the Cubs in 2005. Garciaparra missed nearly three months while recovering from the injury.
Considering the Bears are entering a bye week, that means that Cutler may only miss three games for the team. The Bears next three opponents after the bye week are the Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions, and Baltimore Ravens. Unfortunately for the Bears, the games against the Packers and Lions are two of the most important games remaining on the season.
One thing to caution in your celebration of the perceived “encouraging” injury news on Cutler is that the Bears stressed “at least”. The Bears struggles in managing injuries over recent seasons has been well documented. The Bears have a history of not always being honest when it comes to announcing the recovering time for injuries.
But if the Bears do get Cutler back after four weeks, that certainly would be the best possible scenario after many feared the Bears quarterback would miss most of the remainder of the season. One thing to note is that Bears head coach Marc Trestman indicated that Cutler will be “week-to-week” after the original four-week timetable.
On the season, Cutler has a passer rating of 91.7 to go along with 12 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. Cutler also has a completion percentage of 64.9% this season in addition to passing for 1,658 yards.
Once again, it should be stressed that the Bears said “at least” in relation to Cutler missing the next four weeks. The normal recovery time for this type of injury is two to three months. It stands to reason that Cutler will likely miss closer to 6 to 8 weeks than 4 weeks.
Nonetheless, Cutler certainly will miss what might be the most important stretch of games for the Bears in the three weeks after their bye week.