Updated: September 22, 2014 12:34PM
Jordan Palmer will be first off the bench in relief of Jay Cutler — possibly in the second quarter — when the Bears play the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks on Friday night at CenturyLink Field.
Cutler will play into the second quarter and possibly into the second half, pending the circumstances, coach Marc Trestman said. Jimmy Clausen, the presumed front-runner in the competition with Palmer for the backup-quarterback job, will play in the fourth quarter.
It’s a reward of sorts for Palmer for leading two touchdown drives, including the game-winner, against the Jacksonville Jaguars last week.
“I’m grateful for any opportunity,” said Palmer, who was 6-for-9 for 73 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions for a 91.4 passer rating. “I’m at the point of my career where it could have been over a couple of different times. . . . I’m just excited for any opportunity.”
Starting right tackle Jordan Mills, out since Aug. 5 with a sore foot, participated in individual drills Wednesday. Mills will not play against the Seahawks but is hopeful he can start in the season opener Sept. 7 against the Buffalo Bills.
Santonio Holmes could play against the Seahawks if Holmes and wide receivers coach Mike Groh convince Trestman that he’s ready to play a game after joining the Bears on Saturday.
“We don’t want to put him in a position where he can hurt himself or our team,” Trestman said.