When Jay Cutler went down with a groin injury in week seven, it didn’t look good. The Chicago Bears‘ quarterback was barely able to walk off the field under his own power and everyone knew almost immediately that he’d be out for awhile. The initial diagnosis did indeed have the QB missing at least four weeks of action, but now it appears he could be back sooner.
Cutler made his first public comments since the injury on Tuesday and he sounded very optimistic about his chances of returning sooner rather than later. He acknowledged that his goal is to beat the original timetable laid out by doctors.
Here’s what Bears’ head coach Marc Trestman had to say on his QB’s status:
“It could happen faster. Jay’s optimistic, we all are. But I’m not saying we’re not bringing Jay back for four weeks. That’s what the doctors have said and we’ll work off that timeline. If it happens quicker, that would be great.”
While Cutler hasn’t officially been ruled out of week nine, there’s about a snowball’s chance that he’ll play. So at the earliest, if he’s going to be the timetable, he could return in time for week 10 against the Detroit Lions. The Bears would certainly like to have him for this Monday’s showdown with the Green Bay Packers, but they would no doubt settle for a week 10 return against Detroit.
We’ll have to see how all this plays out, but as of now, all signs are pointing to Cutler beating the initial four week injury diagnosis.