Quick turnaround a challenge for vets


Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler considers age at least a small detriment to the club’s short turnaround going into Thursday’s home matchup against the New York Giants.

Coming off a loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, the Bears play their second game in five days when they host the Giants.

“I’m 30 now, so my body doesn’t really react like it used to a couple of years ago,” Cutler said on ESPN 1000’s “Jay Cutler Show” on Monday. “So that’s the hardest part. Mentally, I think we’ll be pretty clean. But physically, with some of the veterans and myself, Thursday (and) Friday you just start to kind of get full speed and start feeling better. It’s gonna be tough, but we’re up for it.”

Chicago’s roster features 13 players aged 30 or older, including a combined seven starters on offense and defense.

“I think physically, just being able to go out there full speed on Thursday is a challenge,” Cutler said.

That’s not to say the team isn’t up to it, especially with the team losing two in a row after a 3-0 start.

“We talked about that: just getting back out there, let’s play another one at home,” Cutler said. “We’ll have a great home crowd.”