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Marc Trestman sees some of Jay Cutler in Tony Romo

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Updated: January 8, 2014 6:12AM



Bears coach Marc Trestman sees a little Jay Cuter in Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

“I think their skill sets are similar in terms of their athleticism, their ability to move the pocket, make all the throws, make things happen late in games,” Trestman said Friday. “We saw that from Jay earlier in the season, his ability to move the football team and make fourth-quarter decisions that are good decisions and help win games.

“I think Tony Romo is one of those guys in the league that in the fourth quarter, he’s never going to be out of it. He’s got that kind of personality. He’s wired that way. I think those are similarities.”

One difference, though, is that Romo will be on the field.

Cutler, who won’t play Monday, “worked consistently” in practice Friday with a left high ankle sprain that didn’t seem to bother him after practice Thursday, Trestman said.

Romo has completed 285 of 440 passes for 3,140 yards this season, throwing 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Trestman said he’s been buoyed by running back DeMarco Murray, who is averaging 69.7 yards in 10 games.

“Each week you have a plan on how to attack certain teams and what you want to do,” Romo said. “Some weeks you’re going to run it more than others, and I think you always want to have some balance.”

Lovie a Texan?

Former Bears coach Lovie Smith will interview with the Houston Texans after they fired coach Gary Kubiak on Friday.

Texans owner Bob McNair wants a coach with NFL experience. The Texas-born Smith went 81-63 in nine years with the Bears.

Matt Smith, Lovie’s son and agent, tweeted Friday, “Aaaaaaaaaaand we’re off.”

This and that

Wide receiver Brandon Marshall was fined $7,875 by the NFL for an unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty in the first quarter Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, a league source confirmed.

Vikings cornerback Chris Cook, ejected when he bumped the side judge after Alshon Jeffery’s 46-yard touchdown catch, was fined $26,250.

◆ The Bears practiced outside, despite cold temperatures.

“Everything we’re doing is a dress rehearsal for Monday night,” Trestman said.

Guard Kyle Long said getting comfortable with the cold “is part of the home-field advantage.”

◆ Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne and wide receiver Dwayne Harris, both suffering from hamstring injuries, didn’t practice.

Linebacker Sean Lee (hamstring) and wide receiver Dez Bryant (back) practiced in full.

◆ Trestman said linebacker Lance Briggs didn’t practice but ran around as he recovers from a fractured shoulder. Safety Anthony Walters (groin) was limited.

Safety Major Wright (hamstring), Long (ankle) and Marshall (quadriceps) practiced in full.

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