For the first time since tearing a groin muscle against the Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler spoke with reporters.
Following practice on Tuesday, reporters huddled around Cutler as the quarterback addressed his recovery. Cutler did not offer much in terms of his injury, the but the Bears quarterback was asked if the felt he could return sooner than the four week time-frame.
“That’s the goal,” Cutler said Tuesday from the Walter Payton Center in Lake Forest.-Jay Cutler, Chicago Tribune
To coincide with Cutler’s determination to return earlier than the four week diagnosis, Bears head coach Marc Trestman indicated that it was possible that Cutler could return sooner than expected. Though, Trestman used the word “optimistic” several times when discussing whether or not Cutler could come back early. Trestman didn’t rule Cutler out for the game against the Green Bay Packers next Monday but the coach called the chances of the quarterback playing “highly unlikely.”
One member of the Bears that has been optimistic is wide receiver Brandon Marshall. Marshall has insisted that Cutler will return in two weeks when the Bears face the Detroit Lions. When asked about Marshall’s optimism, Cutler admitted that there is a mutual sense of optimism between both players.
“He’s optimistic,” he said. “And so am I. So we’ll see how it goes.”-Cutler, Chicago Tribune
The sense here is that Cutler will return earlier than the four week time-frame. Trestman slightly backing off his stance from Monday would seem to indicate that there is growing optimism that Cutler could return sooner than expected. If that is the case, then there may just be a glimmer of hope remaining for the Bears this season.