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Jay Cutler optimistic for early return

LAKE FOREST — Jay Cutler spoke to the media on Tuesday at Halas Hall for the first time since tearing his groin against the Redskins on Oct. 20.

“Just doing whatever the doctors and trainers tell me, that’s the kind of world we’re living in right now,” he said.

The original prognosis was for Cutler to be out “at least” four weeks. His teammate, Brandon Marshall, expects Cutler back in two. 

“He’s optimistic. And so am I. So, we’ll see how it goes,” Cutler said about Marshall’s prediction.

Cutler said this injury was the “most significant” he has experienced in terms of the pain, and that he “knew right away something wasn’t right.” During practice, Cutler was with his teammates and catching passes from Josh McCown and Jordan Palmer in the portion of practice open to the media.

The goal is to return sooner than four weeks, Cutler said, but he wouldn’t go into specifics about his rehab or where he is at currently. When asked if it's more frustrating to suffer the injury in his contract year, Cutler responded, “No. Doesn’t matter what year it is, you never want to get injured.”

When Cutler does return for the final stretch of the season, there will be concerns about if he can re-aggravate the injury.

“Whenever [the doctors] give me the green light, we’re going to go in there rocking and we can’t look back,” he said. “So whenever that happens, you’ll see me out there.”

-Kevin Fishbain