Cutler has been sidelined for past two weeks with injury.
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is doubtful to make his return from a torn groin muscle for Sunday’s big clash with the Detroit Lions.
The 30-year-old suffered the injury against the Washington Redskins on October 20, and having initially hoped to return for Monday’s win over the Green Bay Packers, the wait goes on for him to be passed fit.
Despite using unconventional methods in his rehabilitation which has included platelet-rich plasma treatments as well as an ARP machine and strict diet, team doctors have insisted that he will be sidelined for a minimum of four weeks.
“I was aiming for the Green Bay game, and that didn’t happen. So I don’t think we can say I’ll be out there for the Detroit game,” Cutler said Tuesday on ESPN 1000’s “The Jay Cutler Show.”
“We’re trying everything we can to get out there. 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. I wish I could say, ‘Yeah, we’ll be out there.'”
The Bears will host the Lions knowing that a win will be vital for their chances of progressing deeper into the season as the race in the NFC North continues to heat up.
The two teams are tied with the Green Bay Packers at 5-3 for the season, although Aaron Rodgers’ injury has ultimately seen many experts write Green Bay off considering his expected three-week absence.
Meanwhile, Bears head coach Marc Trestman will arguably be happy to allow Cutler the full amount of time possible to recover from his injury considering the form of back-up Josh McCown.
McCown has completed 36 of 61 passes for 476 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions since his promotion to starter, and has therefore earned the trust of his team-mate in his ability to continue to deliver in his absence.