Jay Cutler will start against Browns after month layoff
BY ADAM L. JAHNS Staff Reporter December 12, 2013 12:38PM
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Updated: December 12, 2013 3:32PM
Jay Cutler is the Bears’ quarterback – again.
As expected on Thursday, coach Marc Trestman named Cutler his starter for Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. It will be his first start since Nov. 10. against the Detroit Lions.
Cutler (high-ankle sprain) practiced Thursday, a day after going through a thorough workout at Halas Hall, which included going over scripted plays for the Browns with his receivers.
To Trestman, the workout was the final test for Cutler and he passed as seen in his full participation at practice on Thursday. He had received medical clearance before the workout.
“It’s going to be Jay,” Trestman said. “Our plan all along has been to allow him to get healthy. He was released by the doctors before [Wednesday], but I still wanted to have the opportunity with our staff to work him out vigorously, to have him burst and move and do some footwork and climb the pocket and those kind of things, and he did it every effectively [Wednesday]. He threw the ball very effectively.
“He came up this [Thursday] morning and there was no residual issues, no swelling. There was nothing there at all. So we practiced him [Thursday] and he was very efficient, a good practice, a good start. And he will start on Sunday.”
Cutler undoubtedly will have a lot of pressure on him because of the play of backup Josh McCown, who went 3-2 in five starts with 109.8 passer rating, a 66.8 completion percentage, 13 touchdown passes and one interception.
But Trestman has been resolute in his stance to start Cutler once he was healthy. Cutler last played a full game Oct. 10 against the New York Giants.
“It is good to be back,” Cutler said. “A month out is a long time.
“We’re knocking [rust] off in practice. I don’t think we have a lot of room for me to be rusty out there.”
Trestman called Cutler Wednesday night after his workout to see how he was doing and Cutler was with McCown going over the game plan for the Browns.
Cutler said he was proud of how McCown played in his place.
“He’s played really well,” Cutler said. “I’m happy for him.”