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Cutler may give insulin pump another shot
By Bob LeGere | Daily Herald Staff

Jay Cutler tried using an insulin pump during the off-season, but he said it kept falling off.

 

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Published: 11/28/2009 12:00 AM

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Jay Cutler says he's considering wearing an insulin pump next season to better control his diabetes.

Currently Cutler gives himself several insulin injections each day to maintain proper blood sugar levels. A pump provides a continuous, flexible amount of insulin, usually through a small catheter.

"I tried it out probably a month after I was diagnosed, (during) the off-season workouts," Cutler said. "It kept falling off, and I just got away from it and stuck with the shots.

"This off-season I'm going to possibly look into (the pump)."

Cutler also has been pleased with results from a glucose monitor, which records blood-sugar levels continuously rather than only when a drop of blood is drawn and tested.

"Just knowing where my blood sugar was at all times, I felt like that information was much more valuable to me than the pump," Cutler said.

With the continuous glucose monitors, a tiny sensor is inserted just under the skin of the abdomen, similar to the insertion of an insulin pump catheter. The sensor measures the level of glucose every 10 seconds and sends the information via a wire to a pager-sized monitor, which can be attached to a belt or waistband. It isn't intended for day-to-day monitoring but to show trends in glucose levels to determine more effective decisions regarding treatment.

Cutler said gets more letters and stories about diabetes than football. He visited 10 hospitals last summer to talk with children who have Type-1 (insulin dependent) diabetes and is going to visit 10 more this summer.

"I wanted to get my own diabetic situation in order before I ventured out and started helping people," Cutler said. "Now I feel really good about it and we're starting to get out there a lot more. It's not going away. It is something that I go to sleep with and wake up with every day. It's a lifestyle at this point."

Sophomore surge: Although his accomplishments have remained under the radar for the most part, second-year wide receiver Earl Bennett has piled up 511 yards on 40 catches, an amazing improvement, considering he failed to catch a single pass as a rookie.

"By learning a lot last year I think it helped me make the transition to this season," the third-round draft choice from Vanderbilt said. "Would I have been able to do the same things (last year) I've done this year? Maybe, maybe not. You can't really tell. I'm just trying to make plays when the ball comes to me and get yards after the catch and keep the drive going."

Bennett leads the Bears with a 12.8-yard average per catch, although he as yet to score his first NFL touchdown.

Reuniting with Jay Cutler has helped Bennett make the transition from benchwarmer to starter. Cutler's last season at Vanderbilt was Bennett's first season with the Commodores, when he caught an SEC freshman-record 79 passes.

"It's a lot of fun having a guy like Jay, who's a competitor, a leader and just one of those guys that is a fierce player," Bennett said. "When you've got a guy like that at the quarterback position, it just makes you want to play a game every day."

Slow starters: The Bears have fallen behind in six of their first 10 games before they've picked up a first down and have been outscored 69-20 in the first quarter.

They have scored first only twice (against the Falcons and Browns).

On opening drives, the Bears' offense has 6 punts, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception and 1 missed field goal. The defense has allowed 5 touchdowns, forced 3 punts and benefited from 2 missed field goals.

Injury update: Guard Roberto Garza (ankle) practiced for the second straight day and was a full participant Friday for the first time this week. He is expected to start his 59th straight game Sunday.

Tight end Desmond Clark was sidelined for the second straight day inside the Walter Payton Center. Clark is not expected to play and is listed as "doubtful."

Defensive tackle Tommie Harris (knee), safety Kevin Payne (back) and tight end Kellen Davis (ankle) were all full participants and will play Sunday. They were listed as "probable."

For the Vikings, running back Adrian Peterson (ankle/illness) was listed as "questionable," and did not practice Friday. Cornerback Antoine Winfield (foot) was limited at practice and is also "questionable."