Still recovering from a torn groin, the 30-year-old Cutler injured his left ankle in the second quarter of yesterday’s 21-19 loss to the Detroit Lions.
A hobbled Cutler seemed progressively worse until he was yanked by coach Marc Trestman on Chicago’s final possession.
“I went through the tape closely this morning and watched Jay’s performance, and I thought he did well into the fourth quarter,” said Trestman, 57, a quarterback guru who was hired in January. “But at the end of the day, if we had to do it all over again, maybe it would be one series before the two-minute drill.”
In the final season of a contract worth $49.7 million, Cutler’s looked decent and thrown 13 touchdowns, against eight interceptions, for 1,908 yards over eight games.
Often criticized for being reckless and undisciplined in the pocket, Mr. Kristin Cavallari has impressed by completing 63.0% of his 265 attempts.
Cutler is something of a human chandelier and Chicago cannot overcome the Lions or Packers in the NFC North with Josh McCown at the helm.
The Bears refused to offer Cutler an extension this offseason and the polarizing passer will soon be a free agent.
Hence, despite staring at a multi-week absence, it won’t exactly be a miracle if the Santa Claus native returns on November 24 to face the Rams in St. Louis.
Directing the league’s third premier attack, Cutler’s health will largely determine Chicago’s 2013 campaign.
“At the end of the day,” Cutler is a somewhat advanced field general and certainly a better option than the 34-year-old McCown.
However, without a solid finish this winter, the Bears’ hierarchy will go “through the tape(s) closely” and likely decide to jettison Jay Cutler from “The Windy City” in March.by