After being diagnosed with a four-week injury, Chicago Bears starting quarterback Jay Cutler is expected to return this Sunday when the Bears play the Detroit Lions.
A Bears team source told Chris Mortensen of ESPN that Cutler plans to play on Sunday against the Lions. Cutler suffered a torn groin muscle against the Washington Redskins two weeks ago. At the time, there was speculation that Cutler’s injury will hold the quarterback out for more than four weeks.
Cutler’s return may be controversial. After Josh McCown‘s impressive performance against the Green Bay Packers on Monday night, it stands to reason that many fans are thinking what-if in relation to McCown possibly being the team’s starting quarterback. Such a thought process is foolish.
When Cutler went down with the injury, the quarterback was in the midst of having possibly the best season of his career. Before the injury, Cutler had a passer rating on the season of 91.7 to go along with a completion percentage of 64.9 percent with 1,658 passing yards; 12 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. So no, there should be no debate over who should be the starting quarterback for the Bears.
What McCown’s performance on Monday night should have done for Bears fans is establish trust in Marc Trestman. Trestman has set up an offensive system that has allowed any quarterback to come in and succeed. This certainly will be a talking point for after the season when the Bears have to make a decision on Cutler. But for now, we return to the season of Cutler.