Nov 17, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) on the sidelines during the first quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Jay Cutler No Longer Sporting Hard Cast On Ankle


Chicago Bears starting quarterback Jay Cutler no longer is wearing a hard cast on his left leg to support his high-ankle sprain. At practice for the Bears on Wednesday, Cutler was seen wearing a standard football cleat on his left foot.

Nov 17, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears injured quarterback Jay Cutler (6) before the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

“He had a very small brace on,” Bears head coach Marc Trestman said. “He’s the got the sprain, but there is stability there (in the ankle). There is enough stability where they could take the (hard cast) off. Again, it’s day-to-day and I’m optimistic that it will stay that way, but we’ll have to see.” -Marc Trestman, ESPN Chicago

Despite the perceived progress, Bears head coach Marc Trestman still labeled the quarterback as week-to-week as Cutler continues to recover from the high-ankle sprain that he suffered against the Detroit Lions.

“I’m just going to stay on a week-to-week (timetable) right now,” Trestman said. “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. I look at it being week-to-week right now and we’ll see where he is on Monday.” -Trestman, ESPN Chicago

The encouraging news is that Cutler has the cast off. Earlier this week there were concerns that there was ligament damage in the ankle that would force Cutler to be sidelined longer than he had anticipated. But with the cast being taken off, that would seem to suggest that the fear of there being ligament damage in Cutler’s ankle no longer exists.

There is no need to rush back to the field like Cutler did against the Lions. Doing so would not only risk further injury but hinder the progress of the team. The Bears will continue to start backup quarterback Josh McCown until Cutler is healthy and cleared to return.

Cutler’s projected return date was December 1 against the Minnesota Vikings. Cutler’s status for that game likely will not be updated until next Monday.

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