Bears quarterback Jay Cutler still hasn’t been cleared to play for Week 14 and it seems unlikely that he will take the field. Bears coach Marc Trestman has declared him “week to week” due to an ankle injury, and that they will “see where he is” when the Bears return to practice on Thursday.
Thursday’s practice will determine Cutler’s status for Chicago’s Monday night Week 14 contest, and any doubt in his health should keep him sidelined. The ability to rest the recovering starter comfortably stems from back up quarterback Josh McCown playing exceptionally well in Cutler’s absence.
McCown has thrown 9 touchdowns to only 1 interception in 6 games, and has broken 350 yards in each of his last 2 starts. In Cutler’s absence, McCown can safely be used as a middle of the pack QB1 with upside.
If Cutler shows enough in Thursday’s practice to get the nod, Cutler can be used as a QB1 against a Dallas Cowboys defense that ranks 31st against the pass, giving up 294.9 yards per game.