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Bears quarterback Jay Cutler doesn’t foresee ‘freak injuries’ coming his way in 2014
A torn groin muscle and a sprained left ankle prevented Jay Cutler from playing a full season in the first year under coach Marc Trestman in 2013.
Cutler’s durability has been questioned because of it — and for not playing a full season since 2009 — but the Bears quarterback dismissed last season’s ailments as “freak injuries” after the first day of mandatory minicamp on Tuesday.
“I was straight until I really got here for a while and it was a hit parade back there,” Cutler said, referencing the 148 sacks he took over the first four seasons with the Bears before Trestman and his staff arrived.
“It takes its toll from time to time. I think with the offensive line we’ve got here, the guys are doing everything possible. Last year was last year. Kind of two freak injuries. I don’t really foresee that happening again.”
In a recent radio interview, Trestman remarked that Cutler looked bigger and stronger after his offseason training. But Cutler, who turned 31 in April, doesn’t think he is.
“I’ve been bigger in my career,” Cutler said. “I think I just started [training] a little bit earlier this year just to get over the injuries and get my body back where I wanted it. I don’t know if I’m any stronger or physically any bigger than I was in previous years.”
Trestman was watching Cutler’s press conference and joked about his “disagreement” with his starting quarterback, who missed five games last season.
“Sounds like we agree to disagree on that one,” Trestman said. “The point is probably taken a little bit out of proportion. I did say that I think he looked a little bit bigger. I didn’t think he looked enormous, I just felt that up top he looked to be a little bit stronger.
“It was just an observation. I’ll stand by that. I know he said that overall he didn’t feel that much bigger or that much stronger, and I’ll agree with him. But I felt that he did spend a little more time, or he at least started a little earlier, on his strength and conditioning.”