Chicago Bears veteran long-snapper Patrick Mannelly, the longest tenured Bears player, will miss this week and possibly more with a injured calf, head coach Marc Trestman announced Wednesday. In his place, the Bears inked Jeremy Cain, who filled in for eight games with the Bears in 2004-05 and was most recently with Jacksonville the last four seasons.
Mannelly left Green Bay’s Lambeau Field in a walking boot following the Bears 27-20 victory over the Packers. Trestman said “It doesn’t look good for this week,” and then added it could be a couple weeks. Mannelly missed timed during the preseason with a concussion.
Field goal kicker Robbie Gould doesn’t think the change in snappers should be a major issue and expressed confidence in Cain. “We’ll get a few extra kicks in, but Jeremy is a pro,” kicker Robbie Gould said. “He was here earlier in my career. He has done a great job in Jacksonville, and (punter/holder Adam) Podlesh has been around him, as well, down there. So there shouldn’t be any issues, and looking forward to working with him.”
Meanwhile, quarterback Jay Cutler’s fate for Sunday’s game against the Lions should be known on Thursday. The Bears will get back to the practice field after the Monday nighter on a short week work schedule. Trestman indicated he’ll rely on the team’s medical staff to guide his decision. “I don’t know where he’s at, really,” coach Marc Trestman said. “He has been running around, working out with the trainers. He spent a lot of time on the off day with Bobby (Slater, director of rehabilitation) working with bands and redirecting and things like that. It’ll be day to day, and we’ll see more tomorrow. We’re hopeful, but we’ve got to be reserved about it as well. We’ll see where things are in the morning when he’ll be evaluated.”
Trestman said if Cutler’s healthy, he’d feel comfortable starting him against the Lions. “There is no gray area in this decision,” Trestman said. “The doctors are either going to say he can play, and that means he can play without any sense that there’s going to be — nobody can ever predict 100 percent, and we wouldn’t do that either, but certainly that the doctors feel that he would be ready to play, and play at full speed. If he is, then he’ll go. That’s really it.”
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