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 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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Detroit Lions Confirm Ryan Broyles Out For The Season

Ryan Broyles, AP photo

Ryan Broyles, AP photo

After  an amazing last-second win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, the Lions have said that wide receiver Ryan Broyles  has been lost for the season due to a torn Achilles.

Coach Jim Schwartz confirmed the diagnosis during a press conference on Monday, which means that Broyles has seen each of the last three seasons end due of injury. Those  were torn ACLs, one in each knee, and now he’ll spend another offseason rehabbing furiously in order to be ready to resume his career.

Broyles’ loss leaves the Lions very short on wide receivers (as if they weren’t short in this position as it were) not named Calvin Johnson. Given Johnson’s productivity, things could be a lot worse, but Detroit will need to find some other options beyond Kris Durham in the coming weeks.

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Detroit Lions sign Barry Richardson

St. Louis Rams tackle Barry Richardson (79) blocks Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake (91) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012 in Miami . (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

St. Louis Rams tackle Barry Richardson (79) blocks Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake (91) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012 in Miami . (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

With injuries piling up at the offensive tackle position, the Lions decided to make a move to add some extra depth. Specifically, they decided to go ahead and sign offensive tackle Barry Richardson.

Richardson, who joins the Lions after starting all 16 games for the St. Louis Rams in 2012. Before that, he started all 16 games in both 2010 and 2011 for the Kansas City Chiefs, which drafted him in the sixth round in 2008 draft. More recently, Richardson was with the Tennessee Titans this past summer, but was released  in August.

The Lions signed Richardson because Riley Reiff, Corey Hilliard and Jason Fox are all injured. Reiff may be able to play this week, and Fox could potentially return after missing most of the season with various injuries. Hilliard is expected to be out, however, so the Lions needed the extra depth.

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Detroit Lions Release Tony Scheffler

Detroit Lions tight end Tony Scheffler jumps over Houston Texans defensive back Brice McCain. AP

Detroit Lions tight end Tony Scheffler jumps over Houston Texans defensive back Brice McCain.
AP

In order to make room for new offensive tackle Barry Richardson, the Detroit Lions decided to release tight end Tony Scheffler. The move was announced Tuesday afternoon, and ends Scheffler’s time with his hometown team.

Scheffler, who joined the Lions back in 2010 after being dealt  to Detroit in a three-team trade. The Lions, who sent Ernie Sims to the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Denver Broncos sent Scheffler to the Lions. In his first season with the Lions, Scheffler  caught 45 passes for 378 yards and 1 touchdown. A year later, he caught 26 passes for 347 yards and 6 touchdowns. Last season, he finished with 42 catches for 504 yards, but had 1 touchdown.

This year, with the emergence of Joseph Fauria, and Scheffler having problems with catching the ball, it became clear that he wasn’t going to be a factor  in the Lions’ future plans. Scheffler is currently in the final year of his contract anyway, and with suffering yet another concussion this season, it wasn’t even clear if he was going to return at all.

With Scheffler out, the Lions currently only have Brandon Pettigrew and Fauria at tight end.

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Detroit Lions Preview Against the Cincinnati Bengals

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson celebrates a 23-20 overtime win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dec. 19, 2010, in Tampa, Fla. (AP/Margaret Bowles)

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson celebrates a 23-20 overtime win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dec. 19, 2010, in Tampa, Fla. (AP/Margaret Bowles)

After playoff appearances each of the last two years, many expected Cincinnati to be in contention for the division lead. Detroit currently the  co-leader of the NFC North with Chicago, however, has come as a much bigger surprise to many.

The Lions’ 13 takeaways are tied for fourth in the league after finishing 27th with only 17 last year, have fueled a 4-2 start, matching their 2012 win total. In each game they’ve had a positive or even turnover margin, something they accomplished only seven times all of last season.

Lions linebacker, DeAndre Levey, had two interceptions in last week’s 31-17 win at Cleveland, and is currently tied for the NFL lead with four.

Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz said .”We still have a long way to go, but when you look at our four wins, when we win the turnover battle, it puts us in good position to win the game,”.

Lions Quarterback, Matthew Stafford, and the offense has scored 34 points off those takeaways, tied for seventh in the NFL.

Stafford is coming off his seventh career game with four-plus TDs, three of which went to tight Joseph Fauria. An un-drafted rookie, Fauria became the first tight end in team history with three TD catches and has five scoring receptions among his seven overall.

Calvin Johnson caught six passes for 123 yards and a score in the last meeting against Cincinnati, a 23-13 Cincinnati home victory on Dec. 6, 2009, the Bengals’ fourth straight in the series.

Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was fined $31,500 this week for a hit on Cleveland quarterback Brandon Weeden. Suh was already fined a league-record $100,000 for an illegal block versus Minnesota in Week 1.

Cincinnati leads the all-time series 7-3.

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NFC North News Week 4

Another good Week in the NFC North as it looks to be the dominate Division this year.

Lions DT Ndamukong Suh smothers Jay Cutler, causing the Bears QB to cough up the ball. (PAUL SANCYA/AP)

Lions DT Ndamukong Suh smothers Jay Cutler, causing the Bears QB to cough up the ball. (PAUL SANCYA/AP)

Chicago Bears 

After a tough loss to divisional foe Detroit, the Bears look to rebound against the New Orleans Saints. I wasn’t to impressed with how the Bears handled the run game, allowing Reggie Bush to rush for 139 YRDS along with 34 receiving YRDS. After coming off a 38-17 victory at home against the Dolphins, the Saints should be fired up for a tough game, as the Bears need to rebound after almost coming back to beat the Detroit Lions in a 40-32 game that didn’t feel that close for most of the game.

Detroit Lions 

With a big Performance by Reggie Bush last game, resulting in 139 rushing yards resulting in an average of 7.7 yrds per carry and 1 touchdown, the lions out preformed the Chicago Bears for most of the game. With the exception of a 4th quarter collapse, allowing the Bears to get within 8 points, the Lions looked good running and throwing the ball. The Lions will play the Green Bay Packers next week.

Green Bay Packers

After coming off a bye week and starting 1-2, the Green Bay Packers are hungry for a win, lucky for them, there next opponent is divisional rival, the Detroit Lions. The Lions are coming off a divisional win against the Bears, and are in first place in the NFC North, the Packers are in 3rd, with the 1-3 Minnesota Vikings as the last team in the division.

Minnesota Vikings

After throwing in Matt Cassel against the Steelers in London this Sunday, we may have seen a quarterback battle with  Christian Ponder still banged up with rib problems. Cassel threw for 248 yards resulting in 2 touchdowns. Adrian Peterson was also a key factor in the game with 23 carries resulting in 140 yards and 2 touchdowns. Minnesota has a bye this week, and will play the Carolina Panthers next Sunday.

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Detroit Lions Get My NFC North Player Of The Week: Week 4

Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush (21) outruns Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen (69) during the third quarter of an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush (21) outruns Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen (69) during the third quarter of an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

In a strong week for the NFC North where we saw the Minnesota Vikings finally got a win and the Lions for the most part running through the Chicago Bears. The Bears Seemed to have trouble for most of the game containing and controlling one player in particular, that player is Reggie Bush, who is also my NFC North player of the week.

With a total of 139 yards rushing  yards and a touchdown on 18 carries , along with 34  receiving yards on 4 catches, Reggie Bush gave the Bear’s Defensive Line and linebackers fits trying to plug holes and contain him, especially when he’s coming off an injury.

The way he could find the holes in the line and burst through them, was impressive. I wasn’t expecting such a dominate performance against one of the better defenses in, if not the conference, the league. If Bush can continue to stay health and put up numbers like this, he’ll be one of the more dominate backs in the league this year. He’s already reminding people of what he did at USC.   If any of you don’t have him yet for your fantasy leagues, it wouldn’t be the worst idea to maybe pick him up.

The Lions will be a tough team to beat if both Bush and Matt Stafford play the rest of the season like they did against Chicago. Detroit will be playing another tough divisional game as they go to Green Bay and face the Packers. The Bears will host the New Orleans Saints as they try to rebound from this tough loss.

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Chicago Bears Make Decision On Cornerback For Sunday

The Chicago Bears have come to terms with who will be the starting conerback this sunday against the Detroit Lions. That player will be

Photo: AP Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman (33) runs after intercepting a pass intended for Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, in Chicago.

Photo: AP Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman (33) runs after intercepting a pass intended for Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, in Chicago.

Charles Tillman.  On Friday, coach Marc Trestman said he was “reasonably optimistic” that Tillman would play, according to ChicagoBears.com.

After being  listed as questionable on the injury report with knee and groin problems that occurred during the win against the Pittsburgh Steelers last Sunday, Tillman will be expected to shutdown Detroit’s all-pro receiver, Calvin Johnson.  Johnson had  eight catches and 106 yards in the  two games against Chicago last season.

Tillman, 32, has 14 tackles and two interceptions this season. He hasn’t  missed a start since the 2009 season . Tillman was limited at practice on Friday after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday.

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Detroit Lions Are Busy With Roster Moves

The Detroit Lions have signed defensive tackle Andre Fluellen after they put defensive end Jason Jones on the IR earlier this week, but that isn’t the the only change the defensive line will see when the team takes the field against the Bears on this Sunday.

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Andre Fluellen runs at the teams NFL football practice facility in Allen Park, Mich., Monday, July 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Andre Fluellen runs at the teams NFL football practice facility in Allen Park, Mich., Monday, July 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Defensive tackle D’Anthony Smith will also be joining the lineup. The NFL’s daily transaction report brings  news that the Lions have been awarded Smith off  waivers. The  Seattle Seahawks waived Smith, who they acquired in a preseason trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars, earlier this week.

Smith had played in two games for the Seahawks this year and has recorded five tackles. He had 10 tackles in eight games for the Jags in 2012, his first NFL experience after spending two years on injured reserve after the Jaguars drafted him in the third round of the 2010 draft.

The Lions have also released defensive tackle Justin Bannan to make the necessary  room for Smith on the roster. Bannan had one tackle in three games for Detroit this season.

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