Injury Impact: Jay Cutler to miss at least one more game
Here’s the latest on the NFL’s most prominent injuries.
Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears (ankle, groin): During his Monday press conference, Bears head coach Marc Trestman said that Cutler will miss his team’s Week 12 game against the St. Louis Rams. Cutler is still recovering from the groin tear he suffered on Oct. 20 against the Washington Redskins. When he returned to action against the Detroit Lions on Nov. 10, Cutler added a high ankle sprain to his troubles. Backup Josh McCown led the Bears to a 23-20 overtime win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.
“As I’ve said many times, we’re not gonna put a player out there if there’s any sense that he’s gonna reinjure himself,” Trestman said, via ESPN.com. “I don’t ever make those decisions. I make the final decision certainly, but I listen to the doctors and the trainers.
“It’s ultimately my responsibility to play a player. But we’re gonna do what I feel is the best thing to do — that’s to listen to what the medical people say, and then work those players out with coaches, see if they’re at full strength, and that they can do all the things necessary to explode in a game. That’s how we’re gonna approach it. We’re gonna be very, very careful.”
Trestman had previously said that he regretted playing Cutler as long as he did in the Lions game.
Cutler spoke about the injuries on Monday, and he made it sound as if he could be out for a while.
“The ankle is the problem. The groin is going to be fine. If I just had a normal high-ankle sprain, I wouldn’t be in a cast. I’m searching for any doctor in the country that will say, ‘Hey, you can play on this,’ but we haven’t found him yet. There’s a couple ligaments that we’re a little bit worried about that’s different than a normal high-ankle sprain.”
Wes Welker, WR, Denver Broncos (concussion): Welker’s reunion game against the New England Patriots hit a snag in the Broncos’ Sunday night win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Welker was concussed in the fourth quarter of the game, and he’ll have to go through the league’s usual concussion protocol if he’s to play this upcoming Sunday against the Patriots, for whom he played from 2007 through 2012.
Julius Thomas, TE, Denver Broncos (knee): Thomas suffered what looked to be a fairly serious knee injury in the third quarter of the Chiefs game, and interim head coach Jack Del Rio said on Monday that Thomas was “day to day” with a knee strain. Thomas has been a pleasant surprise for Denver’s offense, and this injury will certainly bear watching.
Terrelle Pryor, QB, Oakland Raiders (knee): Pryor did not fly with the team to Houston for Sunday’s game because he had an ongoing knee issue, and because, according to Raiders head coach Dennis Allen, Pryor had an illness that Allen didn’t want the rest of the team to catch. In Pryor’s place, Matt McGloin became the first undrafted rookie to throw three touchdowns and no interceptions in a game since at least 1967. Allen said after the game that he’ll wait to see how Pryor’s coming along before making any decision regarding his starter against the Tennessee Titans next Sunday.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers (collarbone): The hope was that Rodgers could return for Green Bay’s Week 12 contest against the Minnesota Vikings, but head coach Mike McCarthy named backup Scott Tolzien the starter for that game during his Monday press conference.
“I don’t make medical decisions,” McCarthy said. “We know he wants to return as soon as he can.”
Rodgers has missed the last two games with the broken collarbone he suffered against the Chicago Bears on Nov. 4, and the Packers have lost three straight.