Cutler suffered sprain during loss to Lions on Sunday.
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has been ruled out of this weekend’s clash with the Baltimore Ravens after suffering a high ankle sprain on Sunday.
The 30-year-old picked up the injury during the loss to the Detroit Lions, and it is the latest setback after he recently returned form a torn groin muscle which he sustained on October 20.
While Cutler went on to play the majority of the game against the Lions, back-up quarterback Josh McCown stepped in with a few minutes left to play and will be looking forward to taking his place back in the starting line-up.
“I think you all know he’s got a high ankle sprain,” head coach Marc Trestman said, according to ESPN.
“He got it rolled on. It was unrelated to the groin injury. It happened in the second quarter. They taped him up. There was no indication from the trainers there would be any further injury.”
It is unclear at this stage as to how long Cutler will be sidelined for, with initial suggestions stating that it could be anywhere between four to six weeks.
However, running back Matt Forte suffered the same injury last season but missed just one game and returned to the field just 18 days later.
Nevertheless, it will come as a bitter blow for Cutler who would have hoped to have stayed healthy in order to lead the Bears forward against rivals Detroit and Green Bay.
While Trestman has come under fire for continuing with his starter despite signs of discomfort, he has insisted that he has no regrets over his decision as he believed that Cutler looked as though he was playing at a high enough level.
His absence will now give McCown another chance to shine, having completed 42 of 70 passes for 538 yards, four touchdowns and a passer rating of 103.1 in the three games he has covered so far this season.