Bears QB Jay Cutler visible at practice

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Jay Cutler isn’t expected to return from his groin injury for at least three weeks, but the Bears’ starting quarterback watched practice from the sideline on Monday, and even caught passes from Josh McCown and Jordan Palmer during the portion of the workout open to the media.

“I am encouraged by the sense for how he is improving,” Bears coach Marc Trestman said. “That is a positive sign. I think we have to stay within the framework that the doctors gave us. I think that is prudent right now. And we’ll see where he is next week.”

Trestman denied that Cutler is attempting to rush back ahead of schedule. The Bears find themselves in a vulnerable part of the schedule after losing three of their past four, with upcoming games against the Green Bay Packers (5-2) at Lambeau and the Detroit Lions (5-3) at home.

“I think he is trying to get better as quickly as he can,” Trestman said. “I don’t know that he is trying to push it. He wants to get back as soon as he can. That is all that I can really say. I think we’ve got to stay in line with what the doctors have said and if it’s better than that we would certainly be happy about that.

“He is not doing anything that the doctors wouldn’t have him do. He’s not overextending himself.”