Saturday, December 7, 2013
Cutler rests sore ankle
By Michael C. Wright
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears held out Jay Cutler from Saturday’s practice, but coach Marc Trestman stressed the quarterback didn’t suffer a setback in his rehabilitation from a high ankle sprain.
Cutler returned to practice on Thursday, and worked two days before the team decided to rest him.
“We kept Jay out today. There’s no residual effect from the work he did the last couple of days,” Trestman said. “We just chose to rest him today.”
With Cutler already declared out for Monday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys, Trestman said he couldn’t give a definitive timeline for when the quarterback might return. The coach also added that Cutler didn’t experience “any residual effects this morning” from the last two days of work, no soreness or anything like that.”
After the matchup with the Cowboys, the Bears hit the road next Sunday to face the Cleveland Browns.
“We can be optimistic, but we can’t be definitive right now,” Trestman said.
Trestman said team doctors will spend time examining Cutler as the team prepares to take the field for Monday’s game, and “we’ll see where we are on Tuesday” before making a decision on how to handle the starting quarterback situation leading into the week of preparation for the Browns.
Despite not practicing on Saturday, Cutler did take part in some drills.
With Cutler out of the lineup the last three games, veteran Josh McCown has filled in, winning only one of those outings while throwing for 1,038 yards and five touchdowns with only one interception. McCown owns a 2-2 record as a starter with an overall passer rating of 103.6, which currently ranks as the second-best in Bears single-season history. On Monday night, he gets the starting nod again.
In addition to missing the last three games, Cutler has been out of the lineup for portions of two games already. The quarterback has completed 63 percent of his passes for 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions for a passer rating of 88.4.
In other injury news, the Bears officially declared linebacker Lance Briggs (shoulder) out for Sunday’s contest. Trestman also announced that Major Wright, who missed last week’s game because of a sore hamstring, will start against the Cowboys.
Guard Kyle Long (ankle) and receiver Brandon Marshall (quadriceps) participated fully in Saturday’s workout and are listed as probable for Monday’s game. Safety Anthony Walters (groin) also participated fully but is listed as questionable.