Bears quarterback Jay Cutler suffered a groin injury in a loss to the Redskins earlier this month. (Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press)
Lake Forest, Ill. — The Bears aren’t ruling out an early return for quarterback Jay Cutler from a torn groin muscle that was expected to sideline him for at least four weeks..
Cutler hopes to be back sooner than that.
“That’s the goal,” he said.
Cutler addressed the media Tuesday for the first time since he was injured in a loss at Washington on Oct. 20. The Bears said he would miss at least a month and be evaluated week to week after that.
Coach Marc Trestman said that timeline was based on what doctors said is the norm for a player with Cutler’s injury.
He also said the doctors will decide when Cutler is ready.
“It could happen faster,” Trestman said. “Jay’s optimistic.”
Trestman did not declare Cutler out for Monday’s game at Green Bay but said it’s “highly unlikely” he would play.
Assuming Cutler sits out as expected, former Lion Josh McCown will start.
The Bears host Detroit the following week. Receiver Brandon Marshall told Chicago’s WMVP 1000 Monday Cutler would be ready for that game, Cutler grinned when asked about that.
“He’s optimistic. And so am I,” Cutler said. “So we’ll see how it goes.”
NFL Hall of Famer Lance Alworth is getting back his Super Bowl ring, 25 years after it was stolen.
The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department said the 1971 ring was scheduled to be sold Nov. 20 at an auction house in Laguna Niguel with an opening bid of $44,000. The ring was reported stolen in 1988 from a San Diego bar that displayed sports memorabilia.
... A federal judge in Orlando, Fla., sentenced former Eagles receiver Freddie Mitchellto more than three years in prison for his involvement in a tax fraud scheme.
... Joseph Robert Patterson, the man charged with killing the 2-year-old son of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, is out of a South Dakota jail on bond.
The Patriots acquired nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga from the Eagles along with a sixth-round pick in 2014 for a fifth-rounder next year.
It was the only trade before Tuesday’s deadline.
... The Jaguars will start Chad Henne (Michigan) at quarterback at Tennessee Nov. 11.
... The Bengals put cornerback Leon Hall (Michigan) on the injured reserve list because of a torn right Achilles tendon suffered against the Lions.
... Nick Foles passed the concussion test and practiced with the Eagles.
... Dolphins receiver Brandon Gibson was placed on injured reserve because of a left knee injury.
... Seahawks receiver Sidney Rice is out for the season because of a torn ACL.