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Thursday, May 12, 2011
Jay Cutler has yet to organize workouts

ESPNChicago.com

While players on many NFL teams have organized workouts and quasi-practices on their own during the lockout, the Chicago Bears have yet to follow suit.

Players from teams such as the Dallas Cowboys, San Diego Chargers, New York Jets and New York Giants, featuring high-profile quarterbacks, have been practicing on their own to work on such things as timing and route running. They can't practice at team facilities because of the lockout, so some have gone to colleges, while others have used high school facilities.

But the Bears, who struggled at times offensively last season while implementing the offense of new coordinator Mike Martz, still haven't organized as a group.

"We've exchanged emails with numerous guys, just back and forth, talking about it," back-up quarterback Caleb Hanie said Thursday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "But we really just want to make sure that if we do have something -- or when we do have something -- that it's very beneficial and not just a waste of time.

"You don't want to get everybody together and just goof around. Everything is just in flux. We're just trying to wait it out and see what happens [with the labor negotiations], but it's not looking to good for the next month or so, so we'll see here in the near future."

Starting quarterback Jay Cutler has made headlines recently by getting engaged to reality-TV star Kristin Cavallari. The last time he was on the field his knee injury fueled controversy as several players from other teams questioned his toughness as he barely played in the second half of the Bears' loss to the Packers in the NFC Championship Game.

Hanie, who finished that game impressively, said he hasn't heard from Cutler about workouts.

"I've talked to him a few times this offseason, and I haven't heard anything from him on that front, so far," Hanie said. "I don't know if he has something planned or whatever, but not yet."

Several Bears players are in town. In fact, tight end Greg Olsen told "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on April 14 that if the lockout continued a couple more weeks, the Bears would organize something as a group.