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Happenings at Halas: Cutler optimistic injury will be short-lived

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For the second time in three seasons, Jay Cutler is sidelined during Packer week. But this time with the most significant pain he's experienced.

"I feel better," Cutler said Tuesday. "It's tough watching, that's the hardest part. But I'm trying to help Josh (McCown) out as much as I can, and when I get back I get back."

Cutler appreciated the optimistic comments from Brandon Marshall who believes the QB will be ready to go against Detroit a week from Sunday. Cutler's optimistic too. The goal is to return sooner than the original four week timeline (Nov. 24 in St. Louis).

"I'll push as much as we can, but that's up to the trainers and the doctors. When they say go, I'll go," Cutler said.

"We don't want to lose Jay, but we're glad we have Josh," coach Marc Trestman said.

The Bears continue to heap praise on their back up QB. McCown has experience and wouldn't be in his 11th season if he didn't know how to play in this league. They have chemistry with him. He's respected and he's able to do good things on the field. He led the Bears on four scoring drives in Washington, and gave them a 4th quarter lead. The defense is another story for another day.

Martellus Bennett, never short on confidence, offered some analysis of the two quarterbacks.

"It's like eating Cheerios and Corn Flakes. Taste about the same, both get the job done but you have to add sugar to both, and we are the sugar," Bennett said.

The Bears do believe that. The talent around McCown makes his job easier, specifically the offensive line.

Both Cutler and Trestman pointed to their success being the starting point. The Bears have allowed just 11 sacks on the season - tied for second fewest in the league. When is the last time the Bears o-line was in a sentence like that? They have been impressive and that's where success for McCown starts too.

Green Bay can shake things up defensively to rattle a quarterback, which is a bit concerning...well a lot concerning - especially for the rookies getting their first dose of the rivalry. But nothing has been too big for them yet...no reason for Lambeau on a Monday night to be that much different...right?

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