A day after getting clobbered 41-21 by the St. Louis Rams, the Chicago Bears revealed that the team will again be without quarterback Jay Cutler in week 13 against the Minnesota Vikings. However, Bears head coach Marc Trestman did say that he's very confident Cutler will return this season:

Coach Marc Trestman said Monday that Jay Cutler is not expected to play and remains week-to-week with a high ankle sprain he sustained Nov. 10 in a loss to the Detroit Lions. 
Josh McCown kept the Bears in Sunday's game by passing for 352 yards and 2 TDs. Trestman also revealed that Cutler likely will return to action at some point in December. After visiting the Vikings, the Bears have four more regular-season games remaining. 
"I'm totally confident he'll play again this season," Trestman said. "I don't have any reason based on what I've been told [to believe otherwise]. It's still week-to-week. I'm confident. I think Jay is confident. You have to leave yourself an opening, but there is no underlying information here. It's week-to-week with the understanding that at some point in time he'll be back."
Source: ChicagoBears.Com

On Monday moring, 670 The Score's Matt Abbatacola tweeted that he heard from a source that Cutler may be done for the year with a torn tendon in the ankle:

However, on 'The Jay Cutler Show' Monday night, Cutler sounded optimistic about returning for the Bears' week 14 Monday Night Football game against the Dallas Cowboys at Soldier Field (I'm just going to post what I tweeted from the DBN account since it's easier that way):

Also, Cutler was put in a rough spot by Waddle and Silvy with a few questions about his contract status when looking towards the offseason. Cutler handled it very well, and here's a couple notable things he said:



Back to the injury front for the Bears, Trestman also said that linebacker Lance Briggs will miss his fifth straight game this week, but the team is hopeful that Briggs will be able to at least practice in some capacity this week. The Cowboys game still seems like his likely return date.

Running back Matt Forte suffered a slight hyperextension of his left knee against the Rams, and the Bears are waiting to see where he's at when the team returns to practice on Wednesday. Right when the injury happened, I thought it was a severe knee injury for Forte. It looked bad, and Forte then fell straight to the ground in pain after trying to make it to the sideline. However, he was able to return to the game, and the Bears are optimistic he'll be able to play.

The statuses of defensive tackles Stephen Paea (toe) and Jeremiah Ratliff (groin) are up in the air, and we should learn more about them on Wednesday as well. After allowing 258 rushing yards to the Rams, it's safe to say Bears could desperately use Paea and Ratliff's help on the defensive ilne.

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