Chicago Bears QB status still to be confirmed
"I don't think we can say I'll be out there for the Detroit game. We're trying everything we can to get out there,” Cutler said. “It feels good. [But] I haven't practiced. I haven't been in a live situation and done all the cuts and the drops and saw how it felt yet, so I can't tell you. I wish I could."
On October 20 the quarterback sustained a torn groin muscle injury in the second quarter when the Bears faced the Redskins. Josh McCown came in to replace him and did well on Monday when the Bears played the Green Bay Packers. He had an impressive 90.7 passer rating and threw for 272 yards with 2 touchdowns. When Cutler was injured, the Bears promptly announced that they would have to keep him off the field for about four weeks. But now things are looking up and the possibility of an early return are highly likely.
"I wish I could say, 'yeah, [I'll] be out there,” said Cutler regarding his status. “But I think the way that Josh is playing, we feel good about that and we don't want to get in a situation where I'm out there and I came back a week too soon and I'm set back another 4, 6 weeks, so we've just got to be smart with it."
Cutler was impressed with how McCown had stepped up to the challenge and put up a good performance.
"He prepares so hard. If anyone deserves what has happened to him the last six or seven quarters, it's definitely him,” he said. “He's put in a lot of time. He's given a lot back to the team and the guys, helped a lot of people in that building.”
Cutler said that McCown had been a productive member of the team so far and contributed well to their success.
"So I couldn't be more proud of him or more happy for him personally to get this win. To go on a Monday night in front of everybody and to play the way he did speaks a lot about him as a player."
Cutler watched tape of Monday night's win with McCown on the flight home from Green Bay.
He was specifically happy with how he managed to steal the game right under the nose of Packers, their old enemy.
"He told me, 'get back when you can get back and if you need to take some reps, take some,'" he said. "He said, 'I'll be ready, though, if you can't do it.'"