Jay Cutler: ‘A few more hoops’ before he rejoins Bears
BY ADAM L. JAHNS email@example.com
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is on the sidelines after getting injured on a tackle late in the first half. The Chicago Bears took a 10-0 lead over the Detroit Lions into the locker room at halftime. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times
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After sitting out every practice last week and then the trip to San Francisco to rest after suffering a concussion against the Houston Texans, Jay Cutler is somewhat active again.
The Bears quarterback rejoined his weekly radio show on WMVP-AM (1000) on Tuesday, making his first public comments since his concussion, and is scheduled to hold his weekly news conference Wednesday.
‘‘I feel better,’’ Cutler said during the show. ‘‘As normal as could be. We’re going through the process.’’
Cutler, who has a history of concussions, has yet to be cleared, saying, ‘‘I’ve got a few more hoops to jump through.” After team staff gives him the OK, he will have to be examined and cleared by an independent doctor.
‘‘It’s really up to the player being truthful with the doctors and coaches and saying, ‘Hey, I don’t feel completely right,’ ’’ Cutler said.
Jeffery out again
Rookie Alshon Jeffery’s much-anticipated return from a broken hand didn’t last long. Jeffery played Monday night against the 49ers but left the game with a knee injury.
According to a source, he will undergo a scope Wednesday. The hope is he’ll be sidelined only two to four weeks with what’s being termed a ‘‘minor’’ injury, the source said.
Jeffery missed four games with a broken bone in his hand. Against the 49ers, he had two catches for 15 yards. On the season, the second-round pick has 16 catches for 199 yards and two touchdowns.
Moore sits out
Nickelback D.J. Moore had a feeling he was going to be inactive against the 49ers.
‘‘I was only on one special-team [unit],’’ Moore said. ‘‘And I didn’t play last week . . . and [San Francisco] is more of a running team, too.’’
Moore was active against the Texans but didn’t play. Veteran Kelvin Hayden continues to see more time at nickelback.
‘‘From what [coach Lovie Smith] told me, it was performance-related,’’ Moore said. ‘‘I don’t know. Whatever they tell me to do, I’ll do, and go to work every day, try as hard I can and hopefully get back out there soon.’’
Caught on camera
Receiver Brandon Marshall got into a heated exchange with a teammate late against the 49ers and had to be restrained by center Roberto Garza. There was speculation it was running back Matt Forte.
‘‘It wasn’t Matt,’’ Marshall said. ‘‘It was actually another guy after that play on the sideline. I was a little frustrated because I didn’t make the play. They told me to get back, and I actually hurt my shoulder. I was telling the guys I hurt my shoulder.
‘‘It was one of those games where things were just going wrong for us. I have to do a better job when I am frustrated of not letting it show.’’
There was plenty of talk about Evan Rodriguez having an expanded role in the Bears’ offense leading up to Monday, but little came of it. He saw 16 snaps as a fullback while tight end Kellen Davis continued to get the bulk of the action.
Rodriguez did have one opportunity in the passing game in the first quarter as he ran to the flat from the backfield. He made the catch, but it was knocked from his grasp.
‘‘I had that one opportunity there,’’ he said. ‘‘I had the ball, but he just made a good play and punched it out there. So a lot of credit to [linebacker Patrick] Willis right there.’’