The bruised ribs he suffered in Monday night’s win over the Lions are still sore, but Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is confident that he won’t be limited Sunday against the Panthers.
“I’m not concerned at all,” said Cutler, who will continue to use the same rib pads he wears in every game. “I think by Sunday it’ll all be cleared up. I’ll be fine.”
Because they played Monday night, the Bears won’t practice for the first time this week until Thursday. Had they worked out Wednesday, Cutler would have been limited.
The Bears quarterback was injured midway through the second quarter on a vicious but legal sack by defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. After being evaluated in the locker room, Cutler returned to the game and played the entire second half.
“I’m very proud of our quarterback, Jay Cutler, a tough SOB,” said offensive coordinator Mike Tice. “He takes the bad hit. In football, they finish the plays and they take you to the ground. That’s part of the game. For him to come back and suck it up, he probably was a little sore but I’m very proud of him. I feel he played well.”
While he had to alter his play-calling in the second half against the Lions because Cutler was hindered by the injury, Tice doesn’t anticipate any restrictions on Sunday.
“He’s sore, but we’re going to go,” Tice said. “I was a little cautious once he got hurt and didn’t want to expose him and really throw down the field except for when we were getting pressed. But he’s ready to go. I’m very, very pleased with Jay.”
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