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Cutler: ‘I want to play’ Possible vs. Cowboys?

Updated: January 4, 2014 6:36AM

Don’t count out quarterback Jay Cutler for the game against the Dallas Cowboys. But don’t count him in, either.

That’s the message the Bears — and Cutler on his weekly radio show — conveyed Monday, a day after their frustrating 23-20 overtime loss against the Minnesota Vikings.

A week after saying it was his goal to play against the Cowboys on “Monday Night Football,” Cutler seemed more cautious about his high-ankle sprain, saying he still has to “go through some stuff” and a “scenario” with team doctors.

In other words, Cutler hasn’t been cleared yet.

“I still feel like I’m going to get back here relatively soon,” Cutler said.

Coach Marc Trestman stressed Cutler’s status remains week-to-week. The team should know more Thursday, when the Bears return to practice after two days off.

“He’s progressing,” Trestman said.

“It’ll start with some limited work and see how he moves around, and we’ll take it from there.”

Cutler said that if he’s going to play against the Cowboys, it would be imperative to practice this week and was hopeful that an extra day will help his recovery.

Backup Josh McCown has played well in his place — a 103.6 passer rating in six games and four starts — but issues in the red zone and on short-yardage situations have emerged.

“I don’t think we’re going to let me go out there unless we feel really confident that we’re able to call everything we need to call to win the game,” Cutler said.

As far as the groin tear he suffered before spraining his ankle, Cutler said he’s “done with that one.”

One sign of progress is Cutler was able to do some running on a treadmill Monday, saying that he “felt good about that.”

“Hopefully, there are no ill effects [Tuesday],” Cutler said.

“I want to play. There’s no doubt about it that I want to play. It’s just the trainers and the doctors and going through the scenario that we have to go through.”


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