Jay Cutler inches closer to starting vs. Browns
BY ADAM L. JAHNS Staff Reporter December 11, 2013 1:15PM
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Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will go through a workout Wednesday afternoon at Halas Hall, and if he performs to the liking of coach Marc Trestman and his staff, he should start Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.
“I anticipate the workout will be a good one,” Trestman said. “We don’t have to make a decision [Wednesday], so we’re not going to. But [Thursday] we will because we have to.”
Cutler has been sidelined with a high-ankle sprain suffered Nov. 10 against the Detroit Lions. Cutler last played a full game Oct. 10 against the New York Giants.
Cutler, who also suffered a torn groin Oct. 20 against the Washington Redskins, has been cleared by team doctors, but Trestman said the workout remains the next step in order to play on Sunday.
“He’s been cleared from a standpoint of allowing us to work him out at full speed, and allowing him to make a decision and us to make a decision based on how he works out and how he feels after he works out,” Trestman said.
“We’ll give him a good thorough workout.”
Coming off of “Monday Night Football,” the Bears have a condensed week, but Cutler’s workout will include throwing to receivers. It also will go over some of the scripted plays the Bears have in place for the Browns.
“We’ll work him through drops, redirect him in the pocket, move him up and down, and try to get as much out of this as we can,” Trestman said.
“We want to make sure that he feels good and we feel good.”
Trestman said Josh McCown’s performance in Cutler’s place — a 109.8 passer rating and a 3-2 record in five starts — hasn’t made him think twice about changing his quarterbacks this late in the season and with the Bears in the playoff race.
“No,” Trestman said. “Josh has done exactly what we’ve asked him to do. He’s performed very, very well as a backup, and he understands his role. We’ve got a very close quarterback room. Guys are resolute in terms of how we operate and how we work. We all feel very, very good about the way we put this thing together. We’re certainly very, very happy about the way Josh has performed, but this has been the plan and we’re going to execute it when Jay is ready to come back.”