Chicago Bears: Jay Cutler says ankle injury is serious

November 18, 2013 – 10:20 pm by Ryan Phillips

Jay Cutler injured

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler didn’t play this week against the Baltimore Ravens as he sat out with a high ankle sprain in his left leg. On Monday he claimed the injury is more serious than originally reported, and head coach Marc Testman ruled him out for Sunday’s matchup with the St. Louis Rams.

Cutler spoke for the first time since Week 10 on Monday, saying that his injury groin will be OK, but his ankle is a serious problem.

Here is what Cutler had to say:

“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.”

Cutler had targeted a Week 13 return against the Minnesota Vikings, “but now I really don’t know.”

The Bears have officially ruled Cutler as “week-to-week” but it currently seems he’ll be out a bit longer.

Backup Josh McCown has played well in Cutler’s place, but Trestman still says Cutler is his starter. On Sunday in an overtime win over the Baltimore Ravens, McCown threw for 216 yards and a touchdown with a passer rating of 92.9. He is now 2-0 as the team’s starter.

Cutler hasn’t been great this season as the starter. In eight games he has completed 63 percent of his passes, for 1,908 yards, with 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He has also lost three fumbles. Those numbers aren’t all that great, especially considering the 30-year-old is a free agent after the season.

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