Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman reiterated after Monday's 45-28 victory against the Dallas Cowboys that quarterback Jay Cutler will return to the starting lineup when he receives medical clearance from the team's doctors.
"There's no change in the plan," Trestman said. "We'll see where Jay is this week. He'll have to be released by the doctors. When Jay is ready to play, he'll be playing."
Cutler practiced two days last week on a limited basis. The Bears play next Sunday at the Cleveland Browns.
Cutler has missed the last four games with a severe high-ankle sprain he suffered versus the Lions on Nov. 10. Veteran backup Josh McCown completed 27 of 36 passes for 348 yards and four touchdowns, plus one rushing touchdown, in the win over Dallas, and in seven appearances in 2013, has thrown for 1,809 yards, 13 touchdowns, one interception and has posted an overall quarterback rating of 109.8. If you watched the MNF broadcast they pointed out a few times that this system suits the veteran McCown very well, but it looks like the Bears will go back to Cutler once he is able to play.