No surprise: Cutler, Briggs ruled out

Despite the false hope Brandon Marshall gave a lot of Bears fans, both Jay Cutler and Lance Briggs have been declared out for Monday night's game against the Green Bay Packers.

Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall refused to let it go this week. After last week declaring on ESPN 1000 that Jay Cutler would be back for the Week 9 game against the Detroit Lions, at the latest, Marshall took it to the next level this week.

"I'm expecting him to be on the field against Green Bay," Marshall said Thursday. "I'm not ruling out Green Bay. I heard coach Trestman talking about doctors and their diagnoses and talking about all that big talk. But we need to get Jay out there for Green Bay. But worst-case scenario, we'll have him for the Lions."

Apparently, Dr. Marshall's worst-case scenario has come to fruition, as Cutler has officially been ruled out for Monday night's contest against the Packers. Lance Briggs (shoulder) has also been ruled out.

On the positive side, cornerback Charles Tillman (knee) is listed as probable.

"[Tillman] practiced the full practice today so he's all set and ready to go," Marc Trestman said today.

Also probable are linebacker Blake Costanzo (knee) and safety Major Wright (knee). Wide receiver Joe Anderson (abdomen) is questionable.

For the Packers, tight end Jermichael Finley (neck) and linebacker Clay Matthews (thumb) are out. Linebacker Nick Perry (foot) is doubtful. Receiver James Jones (knee) is questionable, while linebacker Brad Jones (hamstring), cornerback Sam Shields (toes) and tight end Ryan Taylor (knee) are probable.

Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. He is in his third season covering the Chicago Bears full time. Follow Bear Report on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Bear Report Web site or magazine, click here.

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