Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman met with reporters on Wednesday afternoon and seemed to indicate that the team is planning on Jay Cutler starting on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.
While addressing reporters, Trestman said that the team will announce on Thursday who will be the starting quarterback on Sunday for the Bears. Trestman acknowledged that Cutler has been cleared by the Bears medical staff to work-out at full speed. The final test for Cutler will come during the Bears walk-through practice on Wednesday. During the walk-through, Cutler will throw to wide receivers and make movements around the pocket. If Cutler looks good, something Trestman is anticipating, Cutler will be announced as the starting quarterback on Thursday.
Trestman’s comments seem to directly refute any report that seems to indicate that the Bears are preparing to let Cutler walk at the end of the season. If that was case, Cutler would not be in a position to start for the team on Sunday against the Browns.
Cutler has not played in a full game for the Bears since October 10 against the New York Giants. In that game, Cutler completed 24 of 36 passes for a total of 262 yards and 2 touchdowns. On the season, Cutler has a quarterback rating of 88.4 to go along with a completion percentage of 63% with 13 touchdowns and 8 interceptions.
Barring anything unexpected, Cutler will be the starting quarterback for the Bears on Sunday. A decision that will come on Sunday and undoubtedly be debated among Bears fans.