Cutler cleared to play, will start vs. Browns

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Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler talks to Josh McCown (12) after a first quarter touchdown. — Brian Cassella, Chicago Tribune, Dec. 9, 2013

By Rich Campbell, Tribune reporter

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has been medically cleared to play and will start Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, coach Marc Trestman said Thursday.

Cutler will start ahead of backup Josh McCown, who was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in Monday night’s 45-28 win over the Cowboys.

Asked if Cutler would face any limitations, Trestman said, “I wouldn’t be prepared with any of those hypotheticals. I expect Jay to play well, play efficiently.”

Cutler, who participated fully in practice Thursday and took all the first-team reps, has missed the last four games because of a high left ankle sprain he suffered Nov. 10.

As for the risk of sitting a hot quarterback in McCown, Trestman said,  “This decision was made a long time ago. I don’t look at it like that.”

The Bears on Wednesday put Cutler through a workout that tested his ankle. Trestman said the session would require Cutler to climb the pocket and move suddenly.

The Bears decided Thursday morning to clear Cutler to play after they gauged how his ankle responded to the workout.

Linebacker Lance Briggs, recovering from a broken shoulder, also participated in practice on a limited basis.

Copyright © 2013 Chicago Tribune Company, LLC

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4 comments

  • gloria cassens

    CRYBABY JAY CUTLER SHOULD REMOVE HIMSELF FROM.THE LINEUP IF THE BEARS ORGANIZATION IS TOO WIMPY TO DO THE RIGHT THING. MCOWAN IS THE BETTER CHOICE AND THE FANS AND PLAYERS SHOULD BE OUTRAGED THAT THEY ARENOT BEING SUPPLIED WITH THE BEST AVAILABLE OPPORTUNITY AT A CHANCE FOR THE PLAYOFFS. JAY CUTLER NEVER EXUDES THE CONFIDENCE THAT IS NEEDED ON A WINNING TEAM EVEN IF HE PULLS THIS GAME OUT OF THE HAT MCOWAN IS THE BETTER DEAL. CANNOT STAND CUTLER GLORIA CASSENS

  • Friday

    "This decision was made a long time ago." Theres your problem coach. You don't pay attention to what's happening on the field.
    I hope the bears get smashed Saturday.

  • Dick Beninya

    First you attempt a field goal on 2nd down? Then you bench the hottest hand in the NFL? You just proved you are the cross country or tennis coach you look like! Bounce this coach NOW! Are you trying for the playoffs or the trades?

  • Ismael

    In Philadelphia a hot quarterback gets to keep his job, In Chicago a hot quarterback gets benched. That's because people in Chicago are idiots. The bears will lose next Sunday. Jay Cutler is an 8-8 quarterback that's all. He does not know how to read the defense. He should look at what Peyton Manning does before every play.

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