Bears say quarterback Jay Cutler has high-ankle sprain

Written By Sun-Times Wire Posted: 11/11/2013, 12:56pm

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has a high-ankle sprain and is considered week to week, the team said Monday.

Cutler injured his left ankle in the first half of the Bears’ 21-19 loss against the Detroit Lions. Cutler said after the game that he rolled his ankle and declined to point out the specific play. X-rays were negative and did not show any substantial damage.

But Cutler is looking at missing at least their next game against the Baltimore Ravens. Coach Marc Trestman said that it’s safe to say that backup Josh McCown will start against the Ravens.

Trestman said Cutler rolled his ankle during a play early in the second quarter.

“They taped him up and there was no indication from the trainers that there would be further injury,” Trestman said.

And Trestman had no regrets with continuing to play Cutler until replacing him with McCown in the final two minutes.

“I feel good about what we decided to do with him,” Trestman said.

Cutler played against the Lions, just three weeks after tearing a muscle in his left groin against the Washington Redskins on Oct. 20. Cutler said that his groin wasn’t a major factor against the Lions, but he did grab for the area after taking hits.

“If anything, I thought coming into [Sunday's game] I might aggravate my groin a little bit,” Cutler said Sunday. “We’d have to fight through that. I never thought I would roll my ankle on the same side and have to fight through that, and that would ultimately be the one that would knock me out of this game. It’s football. It is what is. We only get 16 games so I’m just going to try to get back as fast as you can.”