LAKE FOREST — Despite reports to the contrary, offensive coordinator Mike Martz insisted Wednesday he wants to return to the Bears. Martz was visibly upset when he spoke about his intentions for next season.

LAKE FOREST — Despite reports to the contrary, offensive coordinator Mike Martz insisted Wednesday he wants to return to the Bears. Martz was visibly upset when he spoke about his intentions for next season.

“I’m bothered by that (rumor). Obviously, I plan on being back here and want to be here. I’m just going to assume it’s going to work out,” Martz said. “I’m very happy here. This is a terrific place and a terrific opportunity for me and I’m enjoying it. I really am, so those things we’ll just kind of disregard if you will.”

Martz was rumored to be interested in head coaching vacancies at Arizona State and UCLA, and was even linked to the job as Jacksonville Jaguars head coach.

Cutler gets stitches out
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler had the stitches removed from his thumb Wednesday, less than two weeks after having surgery to insert pins and screws to begin the healing process.

There is still no timeline for Cutler’s return, nor is a date set for running back Matt Forte’s return from an MCL sprain. Forte walked with a slight limp as he maneuvered his way through the Bears’ locker room Wednesday.

Safety Major Wright was the only other player to sit out practice Wednesday. Wright injured his shoulder last weekend and was replaced by Craig Steltz, who led the team with 10 tackles. Anthony Adams and D.J. Moore practiced without limitations.

Bears still control destiny
If the Bears win their last four games, there is no scenario where they will be left out of the playoffs. Chicago lost 10-3 to the Chiefs last week, but caught a break when Dallas, Detroit, Atlanta and the Giants all lost as well.

“Once you see that, it gives you a little more confidence because we can see we’re still in the driver’s seat,” quarterback Caleb Hanie said.

Tebow uses stardom to help
Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow said during a teleconference Wednesday that he does not like all the attention he’s gotten lately, except when it comes to using it to help kids.

“The attention does give me the opportunity and the platform, which I think is even greater, to be able to walk into a hospital and share with all the kids and have them know who you are,” he said. “Or to pick up a phone and call a kid, like I did the other night with Blake Appleton, and talk to him because they just put him into hospice, and to be able to know what to say, and talk to him and have him know who you are, and be able to encourage people. The pros definitely outweigh the cons.”

Bears reporter Jay Taft can be reached at 815-987-1384 or jtaft@rrstar.com.