Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler practiced Wednesday and will likely play Sunday against the Browns in Cleveland.
While still recovering from a torn groin, Cutler injured his left ankle during a Week 10 loss to the Detroit Lions and hasn’t returned since.
In the final season of a contract worth $49.7 million, Cutler’s looked decent and thrown 13 touchdowns, against eight interceptions, for 1,908 yards over eight games.
Often criticized for being reckless and undisciplined in the pocket, Mr. Kristin Cavallari has impressed by completing 63.0% of his 265 attempts.
However, backup Josh McCown has performed brilliantly in Cutler’s absence and Chicago is 3-2 with the journeyman under center.
The 34-year-old McCown, who absolutely starred in Monday’s 45-28 win over the Dallas Cowboys, has tossed 13 scores, in contrast to one pick, for 1,809 yards over five starts.
“When [Cutler] is good to go and can have a full week of practice, he’ll be our quarterback,” said Bears coach Marc Trestman, 57, who was hired in January.
Although McCown’s been spectacular, Chicago (7-6) cannot advance deep into the playoffs with him as their leader.
The Bears refused to offer Cutler an extension last offseason and the polarizing passer will soon be a free agent.
Hence, without a solid finish this winter, Chicago’s hierarchy will likely axe Cutler in March.
Accordingly, expect Jay Cutler to be “good to go” this weekend in the face of The Dawg Pound.by