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Cutler says 'outside chance' he plays vs. Packers

Posted on: December 15, 2011 10:15 am
 
Chicago was on a five-game winning streak before Cutler went down. They're 0-3 since. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

Jay Cutler hasn't played since he broke the thumb on his throwing hand in Week 11, a 31-20 win over the Chargers that took the Bears to 7-3 and second place in the NFC North. Now, nearly four weeks later, Chicago is 7-6 (0-3 with Caleb Hanie), and seventh in a six-team playoff race.

The Bears' remaining schedule: Seattle, at Green Bay, at Minnesota. To have a shot at the postseason they'll need to win out, and clearly, Cutler, who was riding a five-game winning streak when he was injured, gives them the best chance to do that.

But to paraphrase Rick Pitino: Jay ain't walking through that door … at least not this week. Cutler appeared on “Waddle & Silvy” radio show Wednesday and said he might return for the Packers game in Week 16.

"I'll say outside," he said, via CBSSports.com Rapid Reporter Gene Chamberlain. "I wouldn't say it's good or definite or a real possibility, but there's always a chance."

Yep, he's telling you there's a chance

Cutler also said that last week in Denver he threw a football for the first time since having surgery on his thumb.

"It’s kind of like trying to relearn it," he said. "The ball was a little foreign in my hands. It’s a little bit stiff. And those pins in there, that adds a little bit of a shooting pain. In the next few weeks we have to figure out once all the swelling’s going whether I can manage with these pins or we’re going to have to pull them."

If Cutler doesn't play, then Hanie will be the starter. And while he's had a rough go of it in that role (the nadir, without a doubt: losing to Tyler Palko and the Chiefs in Week 13), Hanie showed improvement during the Bears' overtime loss to the Broncos last Sunday.

Offensive coordinator Mike Martz agrees.

"[Young quaterbacks] just get in there and there's a sense and they just go," he said of Hanie's overtime performance," he said according to Chamberlain. "When you mix (runs) in a little bit here and there for an inexperienced quarterback, it's harder on them until he gets a better feel for the game. And it's going to be that way until he plays more."

Here's a thought: maybe Martz' game plan should highlight Hanie's strengths -- not just in overtime but from the first series. Revolutionary stuff, we know.

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Since: Jan 11, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 8:58 am
 

Cutler says 'outside chance' he plays vs. Packers

Bears would be 3-0 the last 3 days with cultler at QB hands down ....If they lose this week its not even worth bringing culter back this year , Next year will look alot better (playoff contenders for sure)as long as they fire jerry angelo ....



Since: Jul 6, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2011 3:11 am
 

Cutler says 'outside chance' he plays vs. Packers

Yarddog59 or whatever ur name is. Stafford and Cutler are both good qbs. The only thing about them is their toughness. Neithr are tough at all and neither are going anywhere. The only advantage cutler has is his coach. Lovie smith doms jim schwartz all day. But staffords advantage is his WR corps. The bears have #3 recievers in the #1 position. Neither team is going anywhere and i hate them both



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2011 2:42 am
 

Cutler says 'outside chance' he plays vs. Packers

Cutler may be rusty? How would you even tell & when did he turned into anything even close to a great qb?Forte is a different story, but even with him the Bears cannot compete with GB OR the Saints.Same goes for Dallas.



Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: December 15, 2011 7:44 pm
 

Cutler says 'outside chance' he plays vs. Packers

If the Bears are out of  playoff contention, no way Cutler plays against the Packers. Even if Cutler does manage to play, he is going to be rusty....I see the Packers picking off at least three of his passes. Woodson and Mathews are going to have a field day. Bears need Forte back just as much as the need Cutler



Since: Nov 22, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 2:12 pm
 

Cutler says 'outside chance' he plays vs. Packers

why would he want to take another beating by the packers. They own him. Put your skirt on and smile on the sidelines like you did in the NFC Championship game when you gave up on your team
 


David XXX Duke
Since: Dec 8, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 2:04 pm
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Since: Nov 22, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 1:59 pm
 

Cutler says 'outside chance' he plays vs. Packers

Blah Blah Blah- no matter what the Bears and Cubs will always find a way to lose. Tell Culter to go put his skirt back on



Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2011 1:42 pm
 

Cutler says 'outside chance' he plays vs. Packers

Ya Ya Ya Blah Blah Blah!!! so what, no one outside chicago gives a care your whole team is overrated. like you said your whole offense sucks. The team catches a few lucky breaks and some good hester returns, thats about it. One man down and your team implodes welcome to the NFL, people get hurt get used to it
Ya Ya Blah Blah Blah. So what, the Bears will miss the playoffs because they lost their two best players, not just one. The Lions will miss the playoffs because they still suck. Cutler > Stafford; every day, all day. Get used to it!


yingrootok
Since: Dec 15, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 12:43 pm
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Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: December 15, 2011 12:28 pm
 

Cutler says 'outside chance' he plays vs. Packers

This only means something if they make the playoffs. Somehow, I doubt Cutler will find his groove in one game after so long an absence. But he stands a better chance of doing something good in the postseason. It still might be too little, too late.


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