One day after injuring his ankle late in the Broncos’ 23-14 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, quarterback Jay Cutler said he felt “good,” although the injury left his leg “a little bit sore.”
Cutler underwent an MRI examination and post-injury treatment on Monday, and figures he should be ready to practice by the time the Broncos return to the field Wednesday after their day off.
“Everything’s fine. We’ve got a lot of time left. I’ll take it easy these next couple of days. Maybe it’ll be a little sore on Wendesday, but I should still be able to practice and get a full week in.”
Cutler said he injured the play on the Broncos’ next-to-last series, when he was sacked by former Broncos defensive end Reggie Hayward back at the Denver 3-yard-line, forcing the team into third-and-11. Two plays after the injury, Cutler’s downfield pass for Daniel Graham skipped in and out of the tight end’s grasp, effectively ending the Broncos’ comeback hopes.
“As soon as I (was sacked), I knew it was pretty bad,” Cutler said. “In the heat of the moment, there’s some things you can play through and some things you can’t.”
If anything, Cutler was more frustated about the balky sideline-to-quarterback communications apparatii than the injury. The technical snafus forced the Broncos to burn a pair of timeouts in the third quarter, and while Cutler remained composed, his words steamed frustration with the in-helmet radio receiver.
“They’re not the finest contraptions they have out. I don’t know. It gets really loud in some stadiums. At some stadiums they cut in and out. In some stadiums you hear concession people. You never know what’s going to happen with those things. (I’m) serious.”
Fortunately for the Broncos, “serious” does not appear to describe the state of Cutler’s ankle … although Wednesday’s practice will provide futher illumination on the subject.