In his Monday press conference following the Chicago Bears' 23-20 overtime win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday (a wet and windy five and a half hour day at Soldier Field), Bears head coach Marc Trestman revealed that quarterback Jay Cutler and linebacker Lance Briggs will remain out for the team's week 12 game against the St. Louis Rams due to injuries.

Trestman specifically called Cutler "week-to-week" and said that Briggs "is still a couple weeks away".

Trestman also said that injured defensive tackles Stephen Paea and Jeremiah Ratliff are "week-to-week", and while he did not officially call the players "out" for Sunday like he did for Cutler and Briggs, I'm going to go ahead and translate "week-to-week" to Paea and Ratliff not playing on Sunday.

Cutler is dealing with a high-ankle sprain (and likely still a torn groin) suffered in week 10 vs the Detroit Lions.

Monday evening, NFL Network's Rebecca Haarlow reported that she's hearing from a team source that Cutler should be good to go by the Bears' week 13 game vs the Minnesota Vikings:


However, on 'The Jay Cutler Show' (his ESPN Radio show), Cutler said when informed of the report, "Uh... I don't know. I'm not going to say 'no'... I hope I am... I really don't know."

Cutler added that NFL Network "may have missed the boat on that one".

And then Cutler went into much more detail that adds doubt to a potential week 13 return, specifically being concerned about ligament damage to the ankle:







When asked about this again at the end of his radio show, Cutler said, "Yeah that's up in the air... week-to-week... I don't know where that (report) came from."

So, it's probably a "wait and see" situation for Cutler and he hasn't ruled out the Vikings game, but his comments certainly are concerning. You never want to hear about worrisome ligament damage.

Also, Trestman made it clear that Cutler will be the starting quarterback whenever he returns, regardless of how well Josh McCown has played:



As for the other injured players, Briggs hasn't played since suffering a fractured shoulder in week seven against the Washington Redskins, and it was initially expected that he would miss around six weeks. The Bears' Monday Night Football game against the Dallas Cowboys on December 9th seems like the target return date for the seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker.

It also seems likely that Ratliff (groin) returns/makes his Bears debut by the Dallas game, as part of the reason he apparently signed with the Bears was to get the chance to play the team he had a had a messy break-up with, so to speak. I'm sure he would like to have at least one game under his belt going into that one, though.

Paea aggravated a turf toe injury in Sunday's win, and missed two games earlier in the season due to the injury. The third-year defensive tackle has been a solid part of a Bears defensive line that has been destroyed by injuries, so hopefully he isn't out too long.

In some rare good news on the Bears' injury front (and on the aforementioned defensive line), the team is hopeful that Shea McClellin (hamstring) is able to practice on Wednesday after missing the last two games. McClellin had his best game as a pro with three sacks against the Green Bay Packers right before suffering the injury, so hopefully he can get back on the field soon and continue to progress.

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