LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson knows a little from experience about the pain Bears quarterback Jay Cutler might be feeling as he continues to recover from a high ankle sprain.
Peterson suffered a Grade III high ankle sprain during his sophomore year at Oklahoma, and the injury put him on the shelf for seven weeks. The Bears haven’t disclosed the severity of Cutler’s ankle injury, but the quarterback has said he hopes to return by the time the club faces the Dallas Cowboys on Dec. 9 at Soldier Field.
Cutler has been ruled out for Sunday’s game at Minnesota, and has missed the club’s past two outings. The Bears say Cutler's time frame for recovery is week to week.
“I’m sure it ain’t [a] Grade III [sprain], because he would not be playing,” Peterson said of Cutler’s injury. “I’ll tell you this: I’ve had a couple of injuries and some surgeries, and that high ankle sprain, it’s nothing to play with; [rapper] Drake said it perfect[ly]. It’s brutal. I broke my collarbone, [tore] my ACL. The ACL, the first couple of days like fresh out of surgery, that’s probably the most pain I’ve experienced outside of that high ankle sprain. On a consistent basis, six, seven weeks, it doesn’t get any worse than a high ankle sprain; especially a Grade III.”
In an effort to immobilize the injured ankle, the Bears fitted Cutler for a cast shortly after he suffered the injury on Nov. 10 against the Detroit Lions. Team doctors took the cast off to re-evaluate the ankle before putting on another cast.
Medical personnel removed the cast on Nov. 21, and Cutler has since worn a brace. The quarterback has indicated on “The Jay Cutler Show” on ESPN 1000 that the injury is more significant than simply a high ankle sprain. Bears coach Marc Trestman, however, has said he’s been told by the team’s medical staff that Cutler’s injury is just a sprain.
To speed the healing process, Cutler has used an Accelerated Recovery Performance machine, something Peterson is familiar with. The machine uses a low-voltage current to penetrate injured muscle tissue and break down existing scar tissue. Throughout his football career, going all the way back to college, Peterson has used an ARP machine only once, he said.
“I used [the] ARP in college my sophomore year [to recover from the high ankle sprain],” Peterson said. “I think it helped a little bit, to be honest. You know, a Grade III high ankle sprain, you know how bad that is. So I don’t really know if it really helped so much because it was so painful dealing with that injury.”