Cutler says year might be over

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said Wednesday that he isn't sure if he will return this season.

"Obviously, I'd want to play next week if they'd allow me," said Cutler, speaking for the first time since breaking his right thumb against the Chargers on Nov. 20. "I don't think that's going to be in the cards. It could be I'm done for the season. I just have to be smart about it and realize that there is a long-term picture here."

Cutler, hurt trying to make a tackle on an interception return, added he's not sure when he can start throwing, let alone play.

Coach Lovie Smith acknowledged the possibility that Cutler won't return. But just as he did the day after the injury, he said he expects him to return.

"Until someone tells me he's not, we're going along like he will be able to come back," he said. "And nothing was said otherwise."

Suh appeal reportedly today: Ndamukong Suh's appeal of a two-game suspension for stomping on Packers guard Evan Dietrich will be today, the Associated Press reported. The Lions defensive tackle will talk with former star offensive lineman and Raiders coach Art Shell, who was appointed by the players' union and owners for such cases.

Bills receiver reportedly fined: Buffalo's Stevie Johnson was fined $10,000 by the league for mimicking shooting himself in the thigh during Sunday's touchdown celebration that mocked Jets receiver Plaxico Burress, the Associated Press reported. Johnson declined to confirm the fine, saying only he had an envelope from the league at his locker but hadn't opened it yet.

More Bills: Sunday's home game against the Titans likely will be blacked out. The team said about 12,000 tickets were available as of Wednesday afternoon.

Broncos: Rookie linebacker Von Miller had surgery for a strained ligament in his left thumb but is expected to play Sunday.

Cardinals: Quarterback Kevin Kolb, who has missed four games with turf toe and a bruise on his right foot, went through a full workout. But coach Ken Whisenhunt said the team will see how he feels today before determining his status for Sunday.

Dolphins: With kicker Dan Carpenter back from a strained groin, Shayne Graham was waived.

Falcons: Cornerback Brent Grimes will have what coach Mike Smith called only "minor" surgery on his right knee today and miss at least two weeks.

Jaguars: A day after being named interim coach, Mel Tucker fired receivers coach Johnny Cox. The team is last in the league in offense. Quarterbacks coach Mike Sheppard moved to receivers, a position he held the previous four years in Cincinnati. Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter also will serve as quarterbacks coach. Also, starting receiver Jason Hill was waived. He caught 25 passes for 367 yards and three touchdowns.

Jets: Running back LaDainian Tomlinson and receiver Jeremy Kerley practiced for the first time since each sprained the medial collateral ligament in their left knees against the Patriots on Nov. 13. Coach Rex Ryan said he expects both to play Sunday.

Packers: Linebacker Erik Wal­den is expected to start Sunday despite his arrest on suspicion of domestic violence. He was arrested Friday and spent the weekend in jail but has not been charged. Coach Mike McCarthy said only the situation is "under review" by the team and league.

Rams: Quarterback Sam Bradford took only about half the snaps at practice because of a high left ankle sprain he aggravated Sunday. His status hasn't been determined.

Seahawks: Receiver Sidney Rice will go on injured reserve. He sustained his second concussion of the season on Sunday.

Cutler says year might be over 11/30/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 9:59pm]

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