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Will contract year play into Cutler's return?

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  • Bears backup quarterback Josh McCown, left, will start Monday against the Green Bay Packers while Jay Cutler recovers from his injured groin.

    Bears backup quarterback Josh McCown, left, will start Monday against the Green Bay Packers while Jay Cutler recovers from his injured groin.
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Word coming from the Chicago Bears organization suggests Jay Cutler might come back sooner than later from his groin injury.

Head coach Marc Trestman was reluctant to talk about it, but he also wouldn't rule out Cutler "100 percent" from playing against the Green Bay Packers Monday night.

While that is very unlikely, I also see a problem here.

Since it's a contract year for Jay, he will want to come back as soon as he can stay upright. And that might not be good thing if he tries playing and isn't completely healed. Will be at 75 percent or less?

Miguel Cabrera, the Detroit Tigers third baseman, played with several injuries, including a torn groin, for much of the second half of the season, and in the playoffs he just wasn't the same player. He finally had surgery on Thursday.

Cutler could reinjure himself and that can often be worse than the original injury.

He also has been somewhat brittle the last few years, so how this will affect him in the future is a key question. Will the Bears be able to count on him long term?

At least there is good news on the home front with his wife, Kristin Cavallari, expecting their second child.

I'm just wondering if the new baby will be raised in Chicago or some other NFL city.

How much money should the Bears throw at an aging and injury-prone QB?

With the defense getting older, do we spend $15 million on Cutler or do we spend more on defense and look for another quarterback?

Only Bears general manager Phil Emery knows for sure.

Bending the rules:

Brandel Chamblee, TV commentator and former pro golfer, is taking some heat for writing a column in which he suggested that Tiger Woods is a "cheater."

Now that's a serious charge, and he has since apologized and resigned from Golf Magazine and

Does that apology mean Tiger doesn't bend the rules at times? Tiger's agent, Mark Steinberg, has threatened a lawsuit, but can you sue a columnist or host for what may be true?

Can you name me the last golfer that had four rule violations in one year?

The PGA will reconsider its stand on taking phone calls from television viewers who see and report violations. I guess we can call that "The Tiger Rule."

Some people will argue that all the cameras are focused on Tiger, but even so are you allowed to bend the rules?

Sorry, but I believe Brandel Chamblee was right in theory and wrong for apologizing.

Program notes:

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The Mike North Pregame Show airs from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on WIND 560-AM The Answer.

Dan Jiggetts and I will take part in the Bears pregame show at 7 p.m. Monday on WCIU. Tweet me @ north2north.

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