By Adam Hoge-
HALAS HALL (CBS) — One week down. Less than three to go?
It’s only been a week since the Bears announced Jay Cutler would be out “at least” four weeks with a torn groin, but the quarterback was out on the practice field Monday helping with quarterback drills — catching passes from backup Josh McCown and even gingerly jogging from spot to spot every once in a while.
“I am encouraged by his sense for how he is improving,” Bears head coach Marc Trestman said Monday. “That is a positive sign. I think we have to stay within the framework that the doctors gave us. I think that is prudent right now. And we’ll see where he is next week.”
But Trestman isn’t exactly denying that Cutler is trying to get back sooner than the original timetable — which ends right around the Nov. 17 game against the Baltimore Ravens.
“I think he is trying to get better as quickly as he can,” Trestman said. “I don’t know that he is trying to push it. He wants to get back as soon as he can. That is all that I can really say. I think we’ve got to stay in line with what the doctors have said and if it’s better than that, we would certainly be happy about that.”
The Bears may indeed end up being happier than they originally thought.
Cutler’s injury could have been worse. According to Dr. Neil Ghodadra, a sports orthopedic surgeon who has appeared on the NFL Network, it looks like Cutler tore his left adductor muscle (located on the inside of the thigh that allows you to bring your legs inward) and because it was a full tear, it didn’t require surgery, which would have prolonged the recovery time.
“From the MRI and what it seems like happened, he actually had a full-on tear, which may sound terrible, but is not as bad,” Ghodadra told 670 The Score. “Sometimes when athletes have bad groin tears that have been going on for a long time we actually end up cutting that tendon anyway, just to help them get rid of that pain. So it’s as if he’s gone through that surgery already and already tore that tendon. So it takes 3-4 weeks for the pain to go away and given his position and the way he plays, he might be back sooner than we think.”