Bears’ Brandon Marshall hopeful on Jay Cutler return
BY ADAM L. JAHNS Staff Reporter October 31, 2013 9:21PM
Updated: December 2, 2013 12:49PM
Bears receiver Brandon Marshall won’t rule out Jay Cutler quite yet. He’s still holding out hope that Cutler can play against the Green Bay Packers on Monday and still sees the Bears’ Nov. 10 matchup against the Detroit Lions as the “worst-case scenario” for his quarterback’s return from a torn groin.
Why is Marshall so optimistic?
“Because he’s working hard,” Marshall said Thursday. “He’s doing some things that’s been around for some years but innovative. Everybody heals different, [everyone’s] body reacts different.
“I remember playing against the Chicago Bears when I was in Miami on Thursday night football and tearing my hamstring, they said four-to-six weeks. I was back warming up on the field for Cleveland in 10 days. It was coach [Tony] Sparano’s decision to sit me just so you’re on the safe side. I came back and I was effective and able to help our team out.”
Coach Marc Trestman said earlier this week that it’s highly unlikely that Cutler, who didn’t practice Thursday, plays against the Packers.
“I’m not ruling out Green Bay,” Marshall said. “I heard coach Trestman talking about doctors, their diagnoses and talking all that big talk. But we need to get Jay out there for Green Bay.”
Making a visit
The Bears met with defensive tackle Jay Ratliff, a four-time Pro Bowler who was recently cut by the Dallas Cowboys.
Ratliff underwent surgery last December for a sports hernia and hasn’t played in nearly a year. Because of his continued recovery, Ratliff did not work out for the Bears. It was primarily a visit, where the Bears’ medical staff had a chance to examine him.
Ratliff has indicated to teams that he wants to return this season and is visiting teams he’s interested in joining.
Cornerback Charles Tillman (knee) took part in the early portion of practice, but was later excused for family reasons. Trestman said he expects him to play against the Packers. Linebacker Blake Costanzo (knee) didn’t practice. Receiver Joe Anderson (abdomen) and safety Major Wright (knee) were limited.