LAKE FOREST - There are many who are ready to close the book on another season and perhaps the tenure of Jay Cutler in the Windy City.
But John Fox isn't ready to count out his starting quarterback just yet. He knows better.
"My experience with Jay is he's a tough son of a gun, so he doesn't go typical of the lengths people put into it as far as weeks and what not," said Fox.
Hence the Bears' head coach refuted reports on Wednesday that the quarterback's shoulder injury would keep him out for the season. A number of reports had Cutler suffering a torn labrum during the Bears' loss to the Giants on Sunday, but Fox refuses to rule out a return at some point during the final six games of the season.
Right now the quarterback is "Day-To-Day" and didn't practice on Wednesday at Halas Hall as the Bears get ready for the Titans on Sunday at Soldier Field.
Still the Bears reached out and got some help at quarterback this week by signing David Fales from the Ravens practice squad. Fales was drafted by the Bears in 2014 and has had time on the team's active roster but has yet to take a snap in a regular season game.
Matt Barkley, the current backup quarterback, figures to step in should Cutler not be able to play this week or anytime over the next month. He's appeared in just one game this season, completing just 6-of-15 passes with two interceptions against the Packers on October 20th when Brian Hoyer suffered a season-ending injury to his arm.
Playing without Cutler is nothing new for the Bears who had to go without him for five games after he suffered an injury to the thumb on his throwing hand. So far this year Cutler has completed 59 percent of his passes for 1,059 yards and four touchdowns compared to five interceptions in five games.