Jay Cutler (thumb surgery) acknowledged that making a return in the regular season is a long shot.</p>
The recovery time from this kind of surgery varies
greatly, depending on how patients respond to the pins and screws in
their thumb. "It could be that I'm done for the season," Cutler said. "I
don't know. I just have to be smart about it. I have to realize there
is a long-term picture here."