The conspiracy theorists can be silenced. The Chicago Bears revealed on Saturday afternoon that quarterback Jay Cutler has officially been ruled out for the Bears Monday night game against the Green Bay Packers.
Cutler tore his groin muscle in the Bears game against the Washington Redskins two weeks ago. The original diagnosis had Cutler missing the next 4 to 6 weeks for the Bears. However, this past week, Cutler, wide receiver Brandon Marshall and head coach Marc Trestman all seemed to indicate that the quarterback will return before the 4 week time-frame.
Marshall was the most outspoken with his optimism. Every chance he had, Marshall claimed that Cutler will return sooner than anyone anticipated. Marshall even went as far as to claim that Cutler may play for the Bears against the Packers. We know now that Cutler will be inactive for the Bears on Monday night.
Josh McCown will be starting in place for Cutler on Monday. In place of Cutler against the Redskins, McCown was 14-of-20 passing for a total of 204 passing yards and one touchdown. In two games against the Packers in his 11-year career, McCown has a passer rating of 63.3 to go along with a completion percentage of 60.5 for a total of 352 passing yards with 2 touchdowns and 4 interceptions.