Cutler ready to make comeback from injury this weekend against Cleveland.
Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman has confirmed that quarterback Jay Cutler will return to the line-up on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.
Trestman has insisted throughout his franchise quarterback’s recovery that when he was given medical clearance to return, he would return to the team immediately.
“We plan on him playing, and we plan on him playing well,” Trestman said Thursday, as reported by ESPN.
“I expect Jay to play efficiently and play well on Sunday. That’s why he’s gonna be up.”
While he has now fulfilled his promise, it represents disappointment for Josh McCown who has performed admirably in his absence with calls from certain quarters that his displays warranted a show of faith and a more permanent role in the team.
Nevertheless, McCown was supportive of the decision and insisted that he understands and accepts his role for the Bears and is backing Cutler to make a winning return to action against the Browns.
Chicago are currently tied with the Detroit Lions at 7-6 at the top of the NFC North, and will be looking to take another step towards the playoffs with a win on Sunday.
Cutler has missed the last four consecutive games with an ankle sprain, and despite concern that he may not be conditioned for a return to the field, he insists that he is “ready to go”.
Meanwhile, McCown, 34, has thrown for 13 touchdowns and only one interception in five starts while Cutler has 13 scoring passes but eight interceptions.
“I understand my role on this team. It’s the backup quarterback,” McCown said. “So that being said, if Jay is healthy, he’s ready to go. I’ll support him and help him as much as I can.”
There is still concern within the media in Chicago over Trestman’s decision, but Cutler will undoubtedly be hoping to make an immediate impact on his return to action.