Last week, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler indicated that he would not be ruled out on the Monday before the Bears game against the Dallas Cowboys. With today being Monday, Cutler proved to be right as Bears head coach Marc Trestman did not rule the quarterback out today while talking with reporters.
“I’m not sure where we are right now [with Cutler’s progress],” Trestman said. “He visited the doctor today, and we’ll know more Thursday or Friday. But [his return to the field will] start with some limited work, see how he moves around and we’ll take it from there. It’s still week to week. I’ll know a little bit more in the next 24 hours. I really can’t answer that question right now. I’m not trying to hide anything from you. That’s where we’re at.” -Marc Trestman, ESPN Chicago
Cutler still needs to be cleared by the Bears medical staff. Until Cutler is cleared, the quarterback’s status will be unchanged. During his radio show on ESPN 1000 on Monday afternoon, Cutler suggested that he needed to practice this week if he is going to have any chance of playing against the Cowboys.
“Getting better,” Cutler said Monday during “The Jay Cutler Show” on ESPN 1000. “Still got to talk to the doctors, gotta go through some stuff this week. I don’t know. I think if we’re gonna have any shot at playing, I’m gonna have to practice [this week]. I still feel like I’m gonna get back here really soon. I want to play. It’s just the trainers and doctors and going through the scenario we’ve got to go through.” -Jay Cutler, ESPN Chicago
It would seem as if Tuesday will be an important day in determining Cutler’s status. By all accounts, Cutler visited the doctor and the results of that visit will likely be evaluated within the next day or so. Officially, the Bears likely will not update Cutler’s status until Friday when the team releases their injury report. That does not mean that we will not see Cutler practicing before that. If Cutler is on the practice field for the Bears this week, that may be an indicator that the quarterback will be returning next Monday.
There is no need for the Bears to rush Cutler back. With playoffs appearing to be out of the question, the only purpose for Cutler to be returning this season would be for the team to evaluate him for his next contract. A contract that will undoubtedly be with the Bears. But with Josh McCown playing well in Cutler’s absence, the Bears will be ill-advised to rush Cutler back.
Cutler may not have been ruled out for the Bears game against the Cowboys but the quarterback’s status is far from certain.