Chicago Bears Jay Cutler says groin is fine, ankle injury forced him out of game

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler suffered a groin injury in a loss to the Redskins earlier this month. (Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press)

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler suffered a groin injury in a loss to the Redskins earlier this month. (Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press)

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler left the game on Sunday as the Bears lost to the Lions on their last drive due to ankle injury, not an aggravation of the groin injury that kept him out of the lineup last week.

After the game, Cutler said, via Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times, that he rolled his left ankle during the first half of the game and that limited his mobility in the second half before he finally came out of the game. It was clear watching Cutler that he was operating at less than full speed, though he said it was just his ankle bothering him and that his groin was fine. That lack of mobility wound up leading to the decision to remove Cutler from the game.

Cutler, who had x-rays on the ankle, has said they are negative, although there’s no word yet on his status for next week. Cutler went  21-of-40 and a total of 250 yards with a touchdown and an interception before the injury.

Josh McCown led the Bears to a touchdown, but the team couldn’t get a two-point conversion despite having two shots at it thanks to a penalty by the Lions on their first attempt.

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Chicago Bears Make Ratliff Official, Sign Long Snapper

Jay Ratliff. (Tony Gutierrez/AP)

Jay Ratliff. (Tony Gutierrez/AP)

The  Chicago Bears were in need of some reserves to help an injury hampered unit Wednesday, and they do so by signing defensive tackle Jay Ratliff.

In addition to making the signing of Ratiff  official, who agreed to a new deal last weekend, the Bears have  announced that they have come to agreements with long snapper Jeremy Cain.

Longtime long snapper Patrick Mannelly, who has played in more games than any Bear, left Lambeau Field Monday night in a walking boot because of a calf injury. He finished the game, but adding Cain provides some insurance.

According to John Mullin of CSNChicago.com, Bears coach Marc Trestman said Mannelly could miss a few weeks.

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Chicago Bears Jay Cutler Expected to Play This Sunday

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler throws a pass during NFL football training camp at Soldier Field in Chicago, Saturday Aug. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler throws a pass during NFL football training camp at Soldier Field in Chicago, Saturday Aug. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)

After missing the game in Green Bay after suffering a groin injury in their previous game, at Washington, Chicago Bears quarterback looks to come this Sunday. According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, Cutler plans to play on Sunday against the Detroit Lions

Although the initial reports on Cutler’s injury suggested that he’d miss four weeks, the news that he plans to miss just one game comes as no surprise. Cutler said last week that was his goal, and there have been no setbacks since then.

The question, however, is whether the Bears’ medical staff and coaching staff agree with Cutler’s self assessment. Cutler may think he can give it a go against the Lions, but if his mobility is limited and he can’t avoid Detroit’s pass rush, he won’t be doing his team any favors by toughing it out through a groin injury.

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Chicago Bears Sign Jay Ratliff

Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jay Ratliff (90) reacts on the sideline after a turnover during the second quarter of the NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010. (AP Photo/Mike Fuentes)

Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jay Ratliff (90) reacts on the sideline after a turnover during the second quarter of the NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010. (AP Photo/Mike Fuentes)

The Bears are looking for any and all help on defense, they might just have found a nice replacement for defensive tackle.

Incomes, Jay Ratliff, released by the Cowboys last month, and looks to show the Bears what he can do as he fills in for fellow defensive tackle, Henry Melton, who is out with a season ending injury.

Ratliff is a four-time Pro Bowler, and has agreed to a one-year contract with the Bears, according to Ed Werder of ESPN.

The Bears were one of three teams that were interested in the service of Ratliff, along with the Chiefs and the Dolphins, who also appeared to have strong interest. The Bengals made a late run at him as well, after losing their defensive tackle, Geno Atkins for the season on Thursday nght.

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Chicago Bears Signs Larry Grant And Terrence Toliver

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Larry Grant (54) celebrates after tackling St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez, AP

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Larry Grant (54) celebrates after tackling St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez, AP

The Chicago Bears are back at it after a week off, and have three new faces joining them. A linebacker, a receiver, and a quarterback.

With starting linebacker Lance Briggs expected to miss about a month with his shoulder injury, the Chicago Bears have signed linebacker Larry Grant.

Grant, a five year pro with 11 starts under his belt, has primarily been a core special teamer. With Either Blake Costanzo or rookie Khaseem Greene expected to receive the start in Briggs’ place, Grant will pick up the 3rd phase slack. With 93 tackles in his 66 career games, Grant will bring some experience to the Bears linebacker depth.

The Bears will welcome Jordan Palmer back to practice today. Palmer was signed last week to fill in as the #2 quarterback while Jay Cutler recovers from his torn groin. Palmer will back up Josh McCown for the foreseeable future, and the Bears have no plans to add a 3rd QB to the mix. The Bears, to make room for Grant and Palmer, released tight end Steve Maneri and corner C.J. Wilson.

Also new to today’s practice is wide receiver Terrence Toliver who was added to the practice squad. To make room for Toliver the Bears released Ricardo Lockette.

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Poll: Who Should The Chicago Bears Start As Quarterback

Chicago Bears quarterback Jordan Palmer (2) looks for a receiver during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching)

Chicago Bears quarterback Jordan Palmer (2) looks for a receiver during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching)

After Jay Cutler went down against the Washington Redskins in week 7, we saw Josh McCown take over the reigns as a battered Bears offence and Defense tried to win a close game as they lost 45-41.

Coming into week 9, and the first game for the Bears without Jay Cutler, who should start for the Bears against the Green Bay Packers on Monday Nigh.

Chicago Bears take a look at some linebackers

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Larry Grant (54) celebrates after tackling St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez, AP

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Larry Grant (54) celebrates after tackling St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez, AP

The Bears will be with out the service of linebacker, Lance Briggs for at least 4-6 weeks, which means it’s time the Bears to find someone to fill out the depth cart during his time of absence.

Chicago worked out several linebackers on Friday in hopes of landing a roster spot. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports that Larry Grant, Brian Rolle and Julian Stanford were some of the key players being worked out by the Bears. Grant, who served a four-game suspension to start the year, is the most experience of the group, while Rolle was a sixth-round pick of the Eagles in 2011.

The Bears have an open roster spot, although, per Biggs, they may have wait until Monday to  officially add anyone to the roster due to salary cap concerns.

Chicago also took a look at a few wide receivers, including 2012 Cowboys sixth-rounder Danny Coale, on Friday. Chicago dropped Ricardo Lockette from their practice squad this week, which may signal where they’d be looking to stash anyone they sign.

Former Eagles quarterback Mike Kafka was also in, although it appears he was simply there to throw to the receivers rather than vie for a spot in the temporarily Jay Cutler-less quarterback room.

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Chicago Bears OK With Only Two Active Quarterbacks

WR Earl Bennett (Andy King/AP)

WR Earl Bennett (Andy King/AP)

In Sundays match up against the Washington Redskins, Marc Trestman came dangerously close to putting in wide receiver Earl Bennett as his emergency quarterback.

But, Trestman has  said he intends to continue with just two quarterbacks on the roster, after starting quarterback, Jay Cutler went down for at least a month with a torn groin muscle.

Not long after backup Josh McCown replaced Cutler against the ‘skins, McCown had to get air born to dodge a blow to his knees which could have easily left the Bears without one.

“On the sideline, yeah, guys are like, ‘Hey!’ and you see them talking to Earl and kind of getting him ready,” McCown said, via Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune. “I’m like, ‘Oh yeah, there’s nobody else.’ It’s hard to manage that when you’re running, to think about Earl and that there’s nobody else. But it was a good reminder for me, and tried to slide the rest of the time.  It’s an interesting way to play, thinking I’ve got to stay healthy.”

The Bears have signed Jordan Palmer as McCown’s backup for the next couple of weeks as the Bears try to get Cutler back ASAP. Trestman said he was willing to gamble that would be enough.

“We’ll play the analytics there and go that route again to try to free up another player that can help us in some phase of our football,” Trestman said. “We were getting him [Bennett] ready. But Matt [Cavanaugh, quarterbacks coach] spends a little bit of time getting him ready each week. We’ve got to make sure we’ve got enough going for ourselves to be able to get through it. But that would’ve been a darn shame when Josh went out on the sideline early on.” “You’re asking yourself the question, ‘Could this be the day?’ You’re hoping it isn’t.”

While any number of quarterbacks that are rooming the street right now would be a better option than Bennett (nothing against the guy) in the short term scheme of the bears. But as of now, the Bears plan to roll the dice, and have their fingers crossed for the next 4 weeks rolling the dice, and holding their breath.

Chicago Bears Brian Urlacher To Have New Mexico Retire His Number

New Mexico is set to honor Brian Urlacher by retiring Jersey, No. 44 ,on Nov. 8 against Air Force.

Urlacher finished his collegiate career with 422 tackles, three interceptions, 11 sacks, 11 forced fumbles. He also saw some time on offense and special teams catching six touchdown passes and five kick return touchdowns.

Urlacher finished his final season being recognized as an All-American.

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Chicago Bears Jay Cutler Our For At Least 4 Weeks

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler throws a pass during NFL football training camp at Soldier Field in Chicago, Saturday Aug. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler throws a pass during NFL football training camp at Soldier Field in Chicago, Saturday Aug. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)

After Sundays loss to the Redskins, the Bears look  a pair of major blows.

The Bears announced that quarterback Jay Cutler will miss at least four weeks with a torn groin muscle, after the previously reported four- to six-week absence of linebacker Lance Briggs.

The Bears have shown troubles when they are without the services of Cutler has been absent, as evidenced by their 2011 collapse from 7-3 to 8-8.

Backup Josh McCown played well yesterday, but there was a significant drop-off there, one the Bears will struggle to recover from at a time their defense isn’t playing well.

There is also the talks of financial decision the team has to make. Cutler was allowed to go into the final year of his contract, without an extension, and this doesn’t help them decide whether he’s going to be their guy for the long term.

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