On Monday, Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman ruled starting quarterback Jay Cutler out for the Bears game against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday as Cutler continues to heal from the high-ankle sprain that he suffered against the Detroit Lions on November 10.
“Jay remains week to week and I don’t expect him to play on Sunday,” Trestman said. “There’s nothing other than a high-ankle sprain involved here. I want to make that very clear.”-Marc Trestman, ESPN Chicago
Speculation ensued on Monday that Cutler may miss the remainder of the season. That same speculation was called out by Cutler during his radio show on ESPN Radio 1000 Monday evening.
Trestman insisted on Monday that Cutler will play again for the Bears this season.
“I’m totally confident he’ll play again this season,” Trestman said. “I don’t have any reason [not to be] based on what I’ve been told. It’s still week to week. I’m confident, and I think Jay is confident.
“You have to leave yourself an opening, but there is no underlying information here. [The injury] is week to week with the understanding that at some point in time, on a week-to-week basis, that he’ll be back.”-Trestman, ESPN Chicago
It would appear that the Bears have circled their December 9 game against the Dallas Cowboys as the date of Cutler’s return. Cutler suggested that he would be disappointed if he was not on the field against the Cowboys.
“I’d be pretty disappointed if I wasn’t able to play for that game,” Cutler said Monday during “The Jay Cutler Show” on ESPN 1000. “I’ve been out long enough. So hopefully this time next week, we’re having a different conversation, and I haven’t been ruled out on a Monday.”-Jay Cutler, ESPN Chicago
Cutler seemed to have alluded to some disappointment on the fact that he was already ruled out for the Vikings game. Conspiracy theorists are bound to perk up at the fact that Trestman did not wait until later in the week to rule out Cutler. But there is no conspiracy. As has been the case in recent weeks, there is no need to rush Cutler back until the quarterback is completely recovered. Erring on the side of caution is the right decision for the Bears.
Cutler will be re-evaluated a week from today.
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