ESPN's Chris Mortensen is hearing from a Chicago Bears team source that quarterback Jay Cutler (torn groin) is expected to start on Sunday in the Bears' week 10 crucial matchup against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field:
Bears injured QB Jay Cutler plans to return this week and, barring no setback, start vs Lions on Sunday, per team source.Cutler suffered a torn groin in the Bears' week seven loss to the Washington Redskins and was expected to miss 4-6 weeks with the injury, so returning in week 10 would obviously be beating that timetable.
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) November 5, 2013
Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall has been saying all along that Cutler would be back for the Lions game, but his "diagnosis" was met with much skepticism and assumed to be just No. 15 being optimistic rather than reasonable or having good information on the injury, but perhaps he was on to something.
Whatever the case, the sooner Cutler returns (provided he's healthy, of course), the better for the Bears' playoff hopes. And the game vs the Lions (who have already beaten the Bears once) is obviously a huge one for NFC North and NFC Wild Card implications.
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