Despite reports emerging from Chris Mortensen and Lisa Salters, among others, that Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler might play on Sunday against the Detroit Lions, the quarterback sought to quell some of the speculation that he will be making it back onto the field well before doctors originally said he would.
“I was aiming for the Green Bay game, and that didn’t happen,” he told ESPN 1000’s Tom Waddle and Marc Silverman on Tuesday afternoon. “I don’t think we can say I’ll be out there for the Detroit game. We’re trying everything we can to get out there. It feels good, but I haven’t practiced. I haven’t been in a live situation and done all the cuts and drops and saw how it felt yet.”
According to the Chicago Sun-Times’ Mark Potash, Cutler has been involved in an “aggressive rehabilitation regimen that includes electrical stimulation and platelet-rich plasma injections,” and will likely give his groin a serious test in practices this week leading up to the Bears’ game against the Lions.
He did have more to say about the work that Josh McCown did as the starter against the Green Bay Packers on Monday, but McCown’s success only seemed to add fuel to Cutler’s desire to get back on the field.
“I want to be out there, but it’s just hard seeing how much time and effort the other guys on the team put in and not being able to do my part,” he said. “That’s the hardest part, but that’s why we have Josh and that’s why Josh takes his job so seriously. I’ve just got to trust in the fact that he’s going to go out there and do everything he can to help us win the game.”
It will be interesting to see how hard Cutler ends up pushing himself in the coming week, but even if he is at 90 percent, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Marc Trestman give McCown another week as the Bears try to grab first place in the NFC North over the weekend.
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