For the first time since suffering a high-ankle sprain against the Detroit Lions on November 10, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler practiced on Thursday.
When Bears head coach Marc Trestman spoke with reporters on Monday, Trestman indicated that the team was waiting for Cutler to be medically cleared before declaring the quarterback’s status for the Bears Monday Night game against the Dallas Cowboys. Furthermore, Cutler said on his radio show on Monday afternoon that the only way he would play in the Cowboys game would be if he practiced this week.
In the portion of practice that was open to reporters on Thursday, Cutler was seen with a helmet on and participating in practice.
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No word on what this means for Cutler’s status for the Bears game on Monday. Though, since Cutler suffered a groin injury against the Washington Redskins, Trestman has operated with a stance that if the quarterback is medically cleared to play then there is no question that Cutler is the starting quarterback.
Trestman will speak with reporters after the Bears practice concludes. Expect Trestman to address Cutler’s return to practice and whether or not this means that the quarterback will start on Monday.