About a week and a half after suffering a groin tear against the Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is back on the field and feeling good about his current state. Chicago Bears sideline reporter Zach Zaidman tweeted this Tuesday in regards to Cutler’s activity with the team.
— Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) October 29, 2013
It is surely great to see Cutler back on the field and looking to be in good spirits, but wide receiver Brandon Marshall seems to be in the best of spirits out of everyone. Marshall told the “Waddle and Silvy Show” recently that the “worst case scenario” is that Cutler misses a week and returns to face the Detroit Lions a week after their Monday Night Football matchup against the Green Bay Packers.
“Brandon is a teammate and he’s optimistic that his teammate will be back,” head coach Marc Trestman said. “He’s not the doctor. When I talk about a player’s prognosis to play, it’s not mine. It’s what the doctors have said is the normal.”
“That doesn’t mean that Jay can’t beat the odds and come back quicker; and again, he’s optimistic. You’ve talked to him, he’s optimistic, and we all are. I don’t make that determination, the doctors do.”
Trestman wouldn’t officially call Cutler out of Monday’s game against the Packers, but when the injury report rolls around this weekend I would have no doubt in my mind that Cutler winds up sitting. But, in week 10 against the Lions, Cutler may be back — which would be earlier than the original four week prognosis.
The coach went on to muddy the waters of the reports saying Cutler could be back sooner, saying that he doesn’t make that decision and the doctors will have to make that call.
“What I’m saying is that I don’t decide when Jay comes back or when any player comes back. The doctors make that decision. What I was doing was reiterating the prognosis of the doctors. They’re not always right. 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’d be great.”
Cutler was asked about Marshall’s comments. Knowing the two are close friends, his response and facial expression was spot on to what most would have expected.
“Brandon is optimistic and so am I,” Cutler smirked when asked about his teammate’s comments. “We’ll see how it goes.”
It’s obvious Cutler knows Marshall is a little ambitious and wants his quarterback to return, but Cutler also knows that he’s got to play it safe. If he were to return against Detroit, though, that would give the Bears a full eight games with Cutler in the second half of the season and at worst case scenario they would enter that game at 4-4, still with a great shot to make the playoffs.
“Whenever they give me the green light, we’re going to go in there rocking and we can’t look back,” Cutler said. “So whenever that happens, you’ll see me out there.”