Jay Cutler said Monday he hopes to return to action Dec. 1 at Minnesota, but said there are ligament issues involved in his high-ankle sprain that could hinder his chances of receiving medical clearance.
Josh McCown will start Sunday’s road game against the St. Louis Rams, with Cutler being ruled out Monday by coach Marc Trestman.
“The ankle is the problem,” Cutler said on his weekly radio show on WMVP-AM 1000. “The groin (injury) is going to be fine.”
Cutler said his torn groin muscle, which he suffered Oct. 20 at Washington and which forced him to miss the Bears’ Nov. 4 game at Green Bay, wasn’t 100 percent when he returned Nov. 10 against the Lions but was “good enough to go.”
Cutler said an NFL Network report that he’d be ready for the Vikings game “missed the boat” and that his status will be evaluated next week.
McCown is 2-0 as a starter this season, defeating the Packers on Nov. 4 and the Ravens on Sunday. He has not thrown an interception in 101 pass attempts.
In other injury news, defensive end Shea McClellin (hamstring) is expected to return to practice Wednesday. He has missed the last two games.
Defensive tackle Stephen Paea is week-to-week after aggravating the sprained toe that sidelined him for two games in early October.
Linebacker Lance Briggs (fractured left shoulder) still is a couple weeks from returning, Trestman said.
Defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff (groin) continues to work with trainers with no specific timetable for his return.