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Matt Forte’s contract situation doesn’t worry Jay Cutler

quick hits

On his thumb:

“Good, good. No problems. Didn’t
really throw a lot in the offseason, rehabbed a little bit and it felt good
day one.”

On looking leaner:

“Maybe it’s just the jacket. Maybe it’s a different cut. You know what? I feel good. I’m at a good weight for me.”

On fatherhood:

“Very excited. It’s a fun time for Kristin [Cavallari] and myself, and we’re just enjoying every day.”

Updated: June 16, 2012 8:16AM

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler understands why running back Matt Forte isn’t participating in offseason workouts.

Forte is seeking a long-term deal instead of the one-year, $7.7 million franchise tender for 2012.

But Cutler expects Forte to rejoin the team by Week 1.

“Last time I saw him, he said he was lonely. I get it,” Cutler said. “Everyone was gone last year, with the lockout, and you do get that itch to get back in the office and see guys and work out. But Matt’s got to do what he’s got to do for him. Maybe they get a deal, maybe they don’t. But at the end of the day, we’ll have him the first game. I rest easy at night knowing that Matt is a true professional and he’s going to come in and he’s not going to miss a beat.”

Cutler was looking slim and happy Monday when he appeared at Perspectives Charter School on the South Side as MinuteClinic administered free diabetes screenings to hundreds of students in the auditorium.

Cutler, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes after his second season in the NFL, runs a foundation that aims to inspire and treat underprivileged children and those with diabetes.

“They already found one kid who is high risk for diabetes. So that makes it all worth it,” Cutler said.

Cutler said education is the “most powerful tool,” and he speaks candidly to students about the challenges of living with diabetes.

“Diabetes is something I don’t wish on anybody. But if you do get it, it doesn’t have to hold you back at all,” he said. “I’ve got a good grasp of it. But it’s a daily grind. There are good days and bad days. You want to limit your bad days as much as possible, but they happen.”

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