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Bears Bites: Cutler Aiming to Return Before Four Week Mark

Also, the Bears will need Matt Forte to continue his production levels without Cutler this week



    In Wednesday’s edition of Bears Bites, we take a look at how Jay Cutler is angling to rejoin the Chicago Bears sooner than anticipated, how Marc Trestman wants the Bears’ other phases to help pick up their defense, and how Matt Forte needs to step up his game as the Bears move forward in Cutler’s absence.

    -We start out with news that came out of Halas Hall yesterday concerning Jay Cutler. Head coach Marc Trestman refused to rule Cutler out of Monday’s game against the Green Bay Packers (although he did term Cutler’s status as “unlikely”), and in a media availability that same day, Cutler did say that his goal is to return to the team earlier than the initial four week diagnosis. [ESPN Chicago]

    -Brandon Marshall was in the news earlier this week when Brandon Meriweather lashed out at him in a post-suspension interview. According to Hub Arkush, while Meriweather’s comments were obviously inappropriate, Marshall needs to do a better job of staying out of the verbal crosshairs of other players. []

    -RB Matt Forte has rushed for 533 yards so far this season, but the Bears are going to need him to keep up at least that much production, if not maybe give them a little bit more, with Cutler out of the lineup. [Chicago Sun-Times]

    -One of the biggest areas of weakness for the Bears this season has been the lackluster play of safeties Chris Conte and Major Wright. Unfortunately for Bears fans sick of those two, the team is likely stuck with them, at least for the present. [670 the Score]

    -When the Bears take on the Packers Monday, they will be making a bit of history. Assuming that Khaseem Greene ends up starting in the game, it will likely be the first time in team history that two rookie linebackers (Jon Bostic being the other) have started in the same game. [CSN Chicago]

    -Trestman isn’t a fool when he’s evaluating just how poorly the team’s defense has played lately, but since he’s got a reputation as a team-first guy, it isn’t surprising that he wants the Bears’ other two phases to pick up the slack a bit for the D. [Chicago Tribune]

    -Matt Clapp has his grades for the Bears as they get ready to come out of their bye week and to start the second half of their season. [Da Bear Necessities]

    -Finally, the Bears hosted 200 moms of youth football players this week at an event at the Walter Payton Center to educate them not only about football, but about safety concerns facing their children. []

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