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Bears’ Jay Cutler thinks ankle might keep him out into December

Updated: December 20, 2013 6:36AM



Concerns about the ligaments surrounding Jay Cutler’s high-ankle sprain are complicating his return to the field, the Bears quarterback said Monday night.

Speaking on his weekly ESPN-1000 radio show, Cutler, who injured the left ankle Nov. 10 against the Detroit Lions, said there were ‘‘a couple ligaments we’re a little bit worried about that’s different than a normal high-ankle sprain.’’

A report that he’ll return Dec. 1 at Minnesota ‘‘missed the boat,’’ Cutler said.

He originally hoped to return then. ‘‘Now I don’t know,’’ he said.

Because of the ligament worries, Cutler’s ankle was put in a plaster cast last week, he said. He has had the cast removed to check his progress — a blue one replaced a black one Monday — and will undergo treatment with the high-intensity stimulus ARPwave machine Tuesday.

‘‘If I just had a normal high-ankle sprain, I wouldn’t be in a cast,’’ he said.

Cutler said his left groin — torn Oct. 20 — is ‘‘going to be fine’’ and noted he had a better feel for his return from that injury than he does with the ankle problem.

He said his left side was ‘‘trashed’’ against the Lions, when he played all but the final series of the game. He admitted to making ‘‘a lot of arm throws.’’

When he injured his ankle in the second quarter, he said, he couldn’t feel much of the groin problem.

Cutler’s revelation about his ankle ligaments casts some question on whether he should have remained in the game against the Lions. Coach Marc Trestman said last week ‘‘there was no indication from the trainers there would be any further injury’’ if Cutler stayed in the game with the ankle injury.

Talking on Monday about a potential return by Cutler, Trestman said, “We’re not going to put a player out there if there’s any sense that he’s going to reinjure himself, or hurt himself, or harm himself.’’

Cutler said he would ‘‘without a doubt’’ play against the Lions were he to do it over again.

Trestman ruled Cutler out for Sunday’s game in St. Louis but called him the team’s starter upon his return.

Until then, Cutler will remain a cheerleader. When Trestman called in the play that would become a 43-yard pass to Martellus Bennett in overtime on Sunday, Cutler caught backup Josh McCown’s eye and smiled at him. He knew McCown doubted his arm strength on a deep throw in the wind.

‘‘Relax, just call it,’’ Cutler recalled thinking. ‘‘This is gonna work.’’

It was a fun moment during a frustrating time.

‘‘I told [McCown] last week, ‘I’m not as good at this backup quarterback thing as you are,’ ” Cutler said. ‘‘Because it’s hard.’’

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