When Jay Cutler went down with a groin injury in Week 7, the Chicago Bears said they expected their quarterback to miss at least four weeks of action. Essentially, if he returned after a month, that would likely be a best case scenario.
Shockingly though, he may return even earlier as according to ESPN Chicago, there is increased optimism that Cutler will be returning in the relatively near future:
There has been an increased sense of optimism this week that Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (groin) and weakside linebacker Lance Briggs (left shoulder) are on track to the return to the field sooner than originally expected, but the club officially ruled out both players for the team’s Monday night game at Lambeau Field, while listing veteran cornerback Charles Tillman (knee) as probable to face the Green Bay Packers.
After Monday night’s game, the Bears will host the Detroit Lions in Week 10 – a game which Cutler could possibly return for. Of course, that’s likely to depend on how much practice he’ll be able to get in this week and it’s assuming he has no setbacks, but it could be a short absence without the starting signal caller for the Bears.