Bears quarterback Jay Cutler struggled to speak at a normal tone during his weekly press conference at Halas Hall on Wednesday, showing the aftereffects of getting kicked in the throat during one of the six sacks against him last weekend.
LAKE FOREST — Bears quarterback Jay Cutler struggled to speak at a normal tone during his weekly press conference at Halas Hall on Wednesday, showing the aftereffects of getting kicked in the throat during one of the six sacks against him last weekend.
Cutler took a foot to the throat early in the third quarter, and had trouble calling plays in the huddle and shifting assignments at the line the rest of the way because of it. He was still hoarse Wednesday, but expects to be 100 percent for Sunday’s home game against Green Bay.
“I’m still working on it,” Cutler said quietly. “It’s not quite there yet, but I’ll be ready by Sunday.”
But when asked if he could make it through a full season if he continues to get hit as much as he did Sunday, Cutler knocked on the wood podium, and answered: “I don’t know. You know, I don’t know.”
WR Williams expects to play
Wide receiver Roy Williams, who missed last week’s game because of a groin injury, practiced Wednesday and hopes to play Sunday against the Packers.
“I feel good,” Williams said from the locker room. “You know what, I’m doing all the treatment, and we’ll see what happens.”
Williams will be needed even more this week with the absence of slot receiver Earl Bennett, who is out with a chest injury. Rookie Dane Sanzenbacher and special-team’s standout Sam Hurd were forced to step in and play big roles in the Bears’ passing game Sunday.
Other injury news
Bears head coach Lovie Smith said that Bennett and injured lineman Gabe Carimi are “out for awhile.” As for the rest of the injured Bears: “We’ll just have to wait and see. Injuries are a part of it. You set your roster up for it, so we’ll see.”
Hanie ready if needed, again
Bears backup quarterback Caleb Hanie isn’t hoping he will get into the next Bears-Packers game, which is this Sunday, like he did the last one. But if he does, he’ll be looking for a little payback.
Hanie took over for Todd Collins who took over for Jay Cutler in last year’s NFC championship game, and he nearly brought the team back for an improbable comeback. This year he’ll enter only if Cutler is knocked out, but he’ll be extra ready if that happens.
“No, you never hope for it, or think about it. But I’ll be ready; I’m always ready, but this week, I’ll definitely be ready,” Hanie said. “I remember that game; it’s very fresh in my mind. I’d love to go finish what I started, but I’m sure Jay (Cutler) feels that way, too.”
Bears reporter Jay Taft can be reached at 815-987-1384 or firstname.lastname@example.org.