Bears QB Jay Cutler expected to start against Lions


Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has been cleared to play and is expected to start Sunday against the Detroit Lions, coach Marc Trestman said Thursday.

Cutler sustained a torn groin muscle Oct. 20 in a loss to the Washington Redskins.  His original timetable was set for him to miss four weeks.

Backup quarterback Josh McCown has played well in Cutler’s absence.  The 11-year NFL veteran has completed 36 of 61 passes for 476 yards with three touchdowns, no interceptions against the Redskins and Packers.

“Let’s set the record straight: You can’t replace Jay Cutler,” wide receiver Brandon Marshall said. “In this game, sometimes you have to make plays when there aren’t plays out there, and Jay is one of the best at that. That’s what some of the great quarterbacks do, but they also stay within the offense.

“Also, Jay’s one of the smartest guys in the NFL, and you can’t replace that either, and I think that comes easy for Jay, it’s natural. Josh is also a guy, he’s a grinder. He’s one of the first guys here. He’s one of the last to leave. I think that’s a testament to his preparation and I think the results of his preparation show the past few games.

“When it comes to Jay, he’s our leader, he’s our captain. How far Jay takes us, that’s how far we’re going to go.”

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