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Monday, November 21, 2011
On Jay Cutler returning this season

By Kevin Seifert

To clear up the considerable confusion around the Interwebs, let's review the established facts about Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler now that coach Lovie Smith has publicly discussed the situation:
NFL teams are notoriously vague on injury information and projections, so I'm not sure what to make of Smith's insistence that Cutler will return during the next six weeks. Without knowing the exact nature of the injury, it's impossible to verify Smith's timetable.

For now, however, nothing has changed. The Bears' short-term fortunes are in the hands of their backup quarterback. They have a relatively favorable schedule and can count on strong contributions from their defense and special teams in the playoff chase. But Cutler's late-season return won't mean much if the train derails under Hanie's direction.