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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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 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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Chicago Bears Looking At Signing Jordan Palmer

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)

When Jay Cutler went down on Sunday, the Bears started moving up their depth chart, including a possible signing.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Bears are considering bringing back  Jordan Palmer in the wake of Cutler’s injury. Palmer has spent a couple of weeks with the team this summer after Matt Blanchard, the expected third-string quarterback, was injured.

The younger brother of Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer played in four games over three years as his brother’s backup in Cincinnati. Jordan also spent time with the Jaguars last season.

Josh McCown, who was called in after cutler was injured, played well in relief. Throwing for 204 yrds with an average of 10.5. and 1 touchdown. He also ran for 33 yrds. If the injury to Cutler is as bad as some think, Palmer could be in position to provide relief in the coming weeks.

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Chicago Bears Devin Hester Is A Beast, Ties NFL Record For Return Touchdowns

Alex Brandon/Associated Press -  Chicago Bears wide receiver Devin Hester turns and looks at his teammate free safety Anthony Walters after scoring this 19th touchdown on a kickoff return during the first half of a NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013.

Alex Brandon/Associated Press – Chicago Bears wide receiver Devin Hester turns and looks at his teammate free safety Anthony Walters after scoring this 19th touchdown on a kickoff return during the first half of a NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013.

Rule number 1 when punting or kicking to the Chicago Bears, never let the ball go to Devin Hester.

The Redskins must have forgot about who was in the back field returning kicks, as Hester’s 81-yard punt return against Washington resulted in a score which tied the game up at 17 in the second quarter. This return touchdown results in Hester’s 19th of his NFL career, which equals Deion Sanders’ league-record mark.

Hester’s big play was another tough moment for Washington’s embattled special teams, which had all sorts of problems with the Cowboys’ Dwayne Harris in last week’s loss at Dallas.

Hester’s return was a highlight in a roller-coaster half for the Bears, who lost quarterback Jay Cutler to an injury in the second quarter.

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Chicago Bears Preview Against The Washington Redskins

Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) runs away from New York Giants linebacker Chase Blackburn (93) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) runs away from New York Giants linebacker Chase Blackburn (93) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

The Washington Redskins hope to avoid going 0-3 at home for the first time in 15 years, while at the same time trying ti get a fifth consecutive victory against the Chicago Bears.

Although the Redskins have  four straight wins over the 4-2 Bears those games were decided by a combined 16 points. Chicago’s Jay Cutler was intercepted four times by DeAngelo Hall in those games, with Hall returning one for a 92-yard TD in Washington’s 17-14 road win Oct. 24, 2010 in the latest meeting.

However, Cutler, who played three seasons for Shanahan while in Denver, is currently averaging career highs with a 65.9 completion percentage and a 95.2 passer rating. He’s thrown four touchdowns and no interceptions the last two weeks,  including passing for two scores in a 27-21 victory over the New York Giants last Thursday that ended the Bears two-game skid.

Brandon Marshall, who also played with Cutler for Shanahan in Denver, caught a season-high nine passes for 87 yards and two TDs against the Giants. Marshall  has bounced back after voicing his frustration following a four- reception, 30-yard, one-touchdown effort in a loss to New Orleans the previous week.

The Bears’ 10-game run of forcing at least one turnover ended against the Saints, but they intercepted Eli Manning three times, including one by conerback, Tim Jennings, which was returned for a 48 yard touchdown.

Chicago has gone 17-1 in the last 18 in which it’s forced at least three turnovers.

“We see things each and every week that tell us we cannot just be good, we can be very good,” coach Marc Trestman said. “But we also know there’s a lot of work ahead.

The Bears also rank 30th with eight sacks.

“I believe the talent is there and we’ve just got to keep working on it,” Trestman told the Bears’ official website.

Marshall has 12 receptions for 232 yards and two touchdowns in two games against Washington.

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Chicago Bears Preview Against the New Orleans Saints

Jay Cutler knows that he needs to have a good season to earn a new contract. AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles

Jay Cutler knows that he needs to have a good season to earn a new contract.
AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles

The  New Orleans Saints are trying their best not to get swept up in the energy of their best start in four seasons. I they hope to take it to the next level, New Orleans will have end a three-game road skid against the Chicago Bears, who are looking to bounce back after losing to the  Detroit lions, who gave them their first loss of the year. Brees hasn’t been at his best in Chicago, completing only  55.7 percent of his passes with seven TDs and six interceptions while going 0-4 at Solider Field.

Chicago (3-1) rode a precise offense under new coordinator Kromer and its typically opportunistic defense to wins over Cincinnati, Minnesota and Pittsburgh, but the team struggled on both sides of the ball in a 40-32 loss at Detroit on Sunday, event though Chicago had a chance late in the game to tie. Jay Cutler had two touchdowns, but also threw three interceptions and lost a fumble that was returned for a TD. The Bears defense forced three more turnovers but still allowed Reggie Bush to run over them, as he ran for 139 yards.

“I don’t think what happened (last Sunday) means that it has to happen next week or the week after,” coach Marc Trestman said during an interview with ESPN. “It could, but we’re working to prevent those situations from happening. We got guys committed to do that.” That starts with Cutler, who is doing much better than many had expected. He has completed a career-high 64.2 percent of his passes but has six interceptions and two lost fumbles.

Matt Forte rushed for 997 yards in 2011 and made the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career. AP

Matt Forte rushed for 997 yards in 2011 and made the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career.
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“We sat in the meeting and Jay expressed his sense of accountability,” Trestman said.”We’re just  going to work together on the corrections. We’ve got to get back and work on fundamentals and techniques, not only at the quarterback position but throughout our team.”

Poor execution on  tackles Sunday plagued a defense that’s forced 14 turnovers but ranks 20th with 384.0 yards allowed per game and 26th with 28.5 points given up. Bears running back Matt Forte currently ranks among the NFL leaders with 120.0 total yards a contest. He also caught 10 passes for 117 yards in the 2011 meeting with New Orleans. Cutler, sacked six times in that contest, has thrown three TDs and one pick while going 1-1 against the Saints.

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