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Bears QB Jay Cutler will start Sunday vs. Lions

Jay Cutler played well enough wbut was done by poor protecti(3 sacks first half) bad hands (four drops). He

QUARTERBACK (A) Jay Cutler played well enough to win but was done in by poor protection (3 sacks in the first half) and bad hands (four drops). He finished 24-for-33 for 358 yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT for a 128.1 rating.

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Updated: November 7, 2013 4:28PM

Jay Cutler will start Sunday’s game against the Lions, coach Marc Trestman said, after he took every repetition in practice Thursday.

Cutler, who suffered a torn left groin Oct. 20 against the Redskins, was cleared to play by team doctors Thursday morning.

“If I wasn’t back to 100 percent or if they had any doubts, I wouldn’t have been practicing today,” Cutler said.

He said he “thought I’d be back quicker than they thought” ever since being hurt against the Redskins.

Cutler, who used a high-intensity stimulation machine, said he won’t likely wear a wrap or pain patch Sunday.

Trestman said Cutler’s ability to recover was unique, and that he spent every available moment rehabbing.

“The doctors told us the injury was what it was, a legitimate four-week injury,” he said. “He’s cleared to play so he’s going to play.”

In the 15 minutes of practice open to the media, Cutler participated in stretches and quarterback drills, which included backpedaling, dropbacks and stepping up in the pocket.

He did not appear to be in pain, but moved somewhat gingerly, especially when shuffling forward in the pocket. He wore tights on both legs.

“There’s nothing that he can’t do physically to play the position,” Trestman said.

On Wednesday Trestman said two days of practice would likely be enough to catch him up to speed.

The Bears say they won’t be limited by Cutler coming off an injury.

“If he’s cleared to go, we’re doing everything,” offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer said. “We’re running the offense.

“Any time you get your starting quarterback back off of injury, you feel good about it.”

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