LAKE FOREST, Ill. — In his first public comments since tearing a groin muscle on Oct. 20, Chicago Bears starting quarterback Jay Cutler stated on Tuesday that his goal is to return to the field before the minimum four-week timeline the team announced approximately 24 hours after Cutler suffered the injury.
“Yeah, that’s the goal,” Cutler said when asked if he is pushing toward an early return.
Bears coach Marc Trestman stopped short of officially ruling out Cutler for the team’s Monday night game against the Green Bay Packers, instead calling it “highly unlikely” that Cutler will take the field in Green Bay, but Bears Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall told ESPN 1000’s “Waddle and Silvy Show” on Monday that Cutler’s “worst-case scenario” would be to miss just one week and return in time to face the Detroit Lions on Nov. 10.
“Brandon is optimistic and so am I,” Cutler smirked. “We’ll see how it goes.”
“Brandon is a teammate and he’s optimistic that his teammate will be back,” 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.”
Source: Jeff Dickerson | ESPNChicago.com