A day after making his first 2014 start, Bears quarterback Jimmy Clausen was ruled out for Sunday's season finale after being diagnosed with a concussion, returning Jay Cutler to the starting lineup.
The Bears announced Monday that Clausen experienced delayed symptoms Sunday night and is being evaluated based on the NFL’s concussion protocol.
Bears coach Marc Trestman said Cutler will start Sunday at Minnesota, with rookie David Fales in the backup role.
"Jay gives us the best chance to win this week," Trestman said.
When asked about Cutler's reaction, Trestman replied, "Jay said, 'I'll be ready to go.'"
Asked if Clausen would have started the finale had he not been injured, Trestman said, "That's not an issue."
On the final drive of the Bears' 20-14 loss to Detroit, Clausen was hit hard by the Lions' Ezekiel Ansah on a play that drew an unnecessary roughness penalty. The team said he showed no signs of a concussion immediately after the hit and was allowed to participate in the final four plays of the drive. The team said he passed all testing by team physicians after the game and reported no concussion symptoms.
Clausen experienced delayed symptoms later Sunday evening and contacted team trainers. The Bears said he was taken to a hospital where he was further examined by a team physician and diagnosed with a concussion.
--Chicago Tribune reporting