Bears quarterback Jay Cutler opened up about the surgery and progress of his his right thumb, during an appearance on ESPN 1000's Waddle & Silvy show.
He told the two hosts that he had the stitches taken out today and that "everything is on track."
"Now it's a matter of letting that bone heal. Maybe taking the pins out," Cutler said. "Time's not really on our side right now, but that's all we can really do."
Cutler also told the pair that he gripped a sterilized football during the surgery, to ensure the proper placement of the screws and pins.
"I've got a picture of it," Cutler said. "I'm being very serious.
"[Dr. Randy Viola] made sure my grip was where I liked it, and I would have some freedom and flexibility."
Cutler said the Bears had their "own guys" in mind to perform the surgery on his right thumb. But after consulting numerous doctors around the country, he picked Viola, who is based in Colorado.
"Dr. Viola is who I chose to go with him, and if I had to do it again, I'd go right back to him," Cutler said.
Cutler added that he's doing some "grip stuff" and working on his flexibility and mobility. He hopes to begin throwing in the "next couple of weeks, hopefully."
Here are other highlights from his interview:
* On if he was surprised by the 10-3 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs: "It's a tough game. You go back and look at film, and you're like, 'Gosh, we could have had 30, 40 points.' It's just certain things happen. Some interceptions here. Some missed opportunities. Some sacks. I've been in those type of games. Unfortunately, we weren't able to pull it out."
* On the team's approach to the Denver Broncos game: "I think guys are getting really focused this week. There wasn't a lot of talk. Guys know what we have to do. It's December football. It's time to stop messing around. We have to win games to keep our playoff hopes alive and keep our season alive."
* On his advice to Caleb Hanie: "Just relax. Quit thinking as much. Just go out there and let it happen.
He wants to be successful. He's doing everything right, during the week. He's doing extra film. Asking questions. He's going the extra mile. He's just got to let it happen."
* On if Hanie is putting too much pressure on himself: "There's a lot of things going on in his head, I'm sure. Contract year. He's trying to get a veteran team, with high expectations, into the playoffs. There's a lot of things happening. He's just going to have to focus, and really hone in on what his job is."
* Cutler also said that bringing in a veteran, especially one who doesn't know Mike Martz's offense would be, "pointless."
"You're not going to bring a guy in right now, and get him ready in two weeks or three weeks. It just doesn't happen like that."
* On Brett Favre, who is represented by his agent Bus Cook: "I talked to Bus a couple of days ago. He hadn't heard anything. He didn't really expect Brett to come back. Brett probably would have came back, but I'm sure it would have had to be a very, very high number, money wise. It would have been interesting. But, Brett is a West Coast guy. That's the reason he went to the places he went. So for him to jump into this system and orchestrate this offense would have been difficult for him."
* On Matt Forte using his injury to make a point about his contract status: "I know Matt well, and I know what kind of person he is and what kind of player he is. That would never happen. But, if we were in a playoff push, Matt would even try to play hurt, at a certain point. But if we weren't, I could understand him taking measures like that. You can only play so long. It is a business, and he's got to look out for himself, at a certain point."