LAKE FOREST, Ill. – Injured quarterback Jay Cutler hopes to return to the Chicago Bears’ lineup in two weeks.
The Bears’ next game is at Minnesota on Sunday, and coach Marc Trestman said he expects Cutler to remain sidelined because of a high left ankle sprain.
Chicago then plays host to Dallas on Dec. 9. If he’s not ready for that Monday night game against the Cowboys, Cutler expects to return at Cleveland on Dec. 15.
I will be playing either that Monday game or wherever we play after that, Cutler said Monday during his weekly appearance on WMVP-AM 1000 in Chicago. Let’s lean toward the Monday game, though.
Cutler said that he won’t need surgery and there’s zero chance he’s finished for the season.
Trestman is also confident that his quarterback will return in December. But Cutler will likely sit out his third straight game when the Bears visit the Vikings.
I’m totally confident he’ll play again this season, Trestman said.
Trestman also said Matt Forte hyperextended his knee the previous day in a loss at St. Louis and ruled out linebacker Lance Briggs (shoulder) for the Minnesota game.
Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy says the chances of quarterback Aaron Rodgers playing Thursday at Detroit are slim to none.
Cleveland quarterback Jason Campbell is following the NFL’s protocol on head injuries and will likely miss this week’s game against Jacksonville.
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