Bears’ Fox on Cutler starting: ‘Hard to say'
Allen Park — Almost as painful as the 0-3 start for the Chicago Bears has been their laundry list of injuries.
Running back Jeremy Langford (Michigan State) is out with a high ankle sprain and will reportedly miss four to six weeks, linebacker Danny Trevathan is sidelined indefinitely following thumb surgery, and quarterback Jay Cutler suffered a sprained thumb on his throwing hand in Week 2 and missed last week’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
Cutler practiced in a limited capacity on Wednesday but was one of nine starters who sat out Thursday’s practice. Yet, Bears coach John Fox said Cutler's status has “improved.”
“He tossed it around a little bit yesterday and we didn't want to do it two days in a row yet, so we'll have a better understanding tomorrow,” Fox said.
Fox said he couldn’t say for certain whether Cutler would have to practice Friday in order to start on Sunday.
“I hate saying that if he’s able to play. Right now he’s really not able,” Fox said. “He can go out there and take snaps, but to be able to throw the ball into tight windows and the things you’ve got to do in this league to perform at a high level, if we feel good about that tomorrow or we feel good about that Saturday, then wouldn’t hesitate to put him in. Right now it’s hard for me to say until those days hit.”
If Cutler is unable to go, former Michigan State standout Brian Hoyer will get his second straight start. Hoyer threw for 317 yards and two touchdowns on 30-for-49 passing but also fumbled twice, losing one, against the Cowboys.
“Football is such a team game, continuity does help. We haven’t been real fortunate that way here in the first three weeks,” Fox said. “Hopefully we can keep the same group alive for two weeks in a row. We’re hoping from Sunday night’s game in Dallas to this weekend’s game, to keeping primarily the same starters rolling.
“Having said that, hopefully if we can get some guys back it’ll be good, but at least we’ve got some guys that we’ve seen play now and get them ready for the game this week with Detroit.”