Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler returned to practice on a limited basis on Thursday but the quarterback still is not ready to return to game-action. Bears head coach Marc Trestman announced on Thursday that Josh McCown will once again be the starter at the quarterback position for the Bears when the team plays the Dallas Cowboys on Monday.
Trestman seemed to indicate that Cutler has not been fully medically cleared by the Bears medical staff.
“There’s a lot of clarity to Jay’s and our communication,” Trestman said. “Jay’s very clear on where he is medically. We’ve been very, very clear that he’s got to be released by the doctors before he can play. He’s come to terms with that. He’s a strong-willed, strong-minded guy. He can’t control this decision on Monday other than to continue to work at his rehab.”-Marc Trestman, ESPN Chicago
Trestman has said all along that his decision would be echoed by the team’s medical staff. Meaning with the comments that the Bears head coach made on Thursday, it would seem that the Bears medical staff feels that Cutler is not ready to return to game action.
The Bears are making the right decision in being patient with Cutler. The last time the Bears rushed Cutler back, it was a decision that backfired as Cutler suffered the high-ankle sprain that he is currently rehabbing. Beyond that, Cutler has nothing to prove. The decision seemingly has already been made that Cutler will return to the Bears next season and nothing will presumably change that from happening.
Monday’s game against the Cowboys will be the fourth start of the season for McCown.