Cutler, Briggs out; Ratliff progressing

November, 13, 2013
11/13/13
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LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- As expected, Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman on Wednesday declared quarterback Jay Cutler and linebacker Lance Briggs out for Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Cutler is week to week with an ankle injury, and was seen leaving the field inside the Walter Payton Center on Wednesday wearing a walking boot. Briggs, meanwhile, remains sidelined with a fracture in his left shoulder.

In other injury news, long-snapper Patrick Mannelly (calf) sat out of practice Wednesday along with defensive end Shea McClellin (hamstring), who performed some light work along the sideline prior to the start of the session. Trestman also declined to give a definitive timetable for when recent signee Jeremiah Ratliff will be able to play.

Ratliff hasn’t played in a game since suffering a groin injury a year ago that eventually led to sports hernia surgery.

“I really couldn’t say [when Ratliff might be ready to play],” Trestman said. “I’m not trying to hold anything back. I’ve left it up to the trainers to let me know when things are getting close, and we’re just gonna continue to work with him. He seems really positive. But to give you a specific time, I don’t have that.”

When Ratliff first joined the Bears, the defensive tackle said he was “a couple of weeks” away from returning to the field. Chicago officially signed Ratliff on Nov. 2. So there’s a chance Ratliff could be ready to play by Nov. 24.

The hope internally is that Ratliff will be able to contribute in some capacity over the next few weeks as the Bears embark on the playoff push.

“Right now, I’m just following their game plan,” Ratliff said. “Everything has been great. This has been really helpful what they’re doing. Everybody has been upbeat and encouraging. So I’m looking for really good results, and I believe that will happen.”

Asked whether it helps that Chicago’s medical staff hasn’t pushed him back too soon, Ratliff joked “got to be careful how you answer that, you know what I’m saying?”

“Like I said, they’ve been doing a great job working with me, great communication, and yeah, they do push me,” he said. “Being out, I definitely welcome all the help I can get.”

Michael C. Wright

ESPN Chicago Bears reporter

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