Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (groin) participated in practice on Thursday, and has been cleared to play for the Bears in their game against the Detroit Lions on Sunday at Soldier Field:
ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported to the surprise of everyone on Monday night that, according to a Bears team source, Cutler was expected to start vs the Lions, after the initial reports upon Cutler suffering the torn groin were that the quarterback would likely be out four-to-six weeks.

Returning for the Lions game would mean Cutler just missed two weeks (and only one game, as the Bears had their bye in week eight).

But, it turns out the info Mortensen got was spot-on (as it usually is with him), and it's great news for the Bears... assuming Cutler is indeed 100%. He claims to be:


Bears head coach Marc Trestman added more on that topic:
"The last couple of days he's done through an extensive protocol to make sure that he was, by doctor's evaluation, cleared to play the game on Sunday," Trestman said. "This morning, they cleared him to play. He practiced the entire practice. He took every rep and had a good practice, and I'll leave it at that. I expect him to start on Sunday."
"The doctors had told us that the injury was what it was; it was a legitimate four-week injury," he said. "Jay took it upon himself, like I said, literally 24/7 doing everything he could to rehab. 
"Jay is unique. He really understands his body. He really understands how to take care of himself. He's a unique athlete, and I'm sure some of that came into effect. But an incredible amount of hard work went into it; that he put in just to get a chance to get to this point. We're excited about it. It says a lot about his commitment to the team." 
Since suffering the injury, Cutler worked extensively with team chiropractor Josh Akin and trainers Chris Hanks and Bobby Slater. The veteran quarterback, who cancelled a scheduled trip home to Nashville during the bye week, was treated by an accelerated recovery performance (ARP) machine that stimulates the nervous system to help relax and elongate muscles. 
Source: ChicagoBears.Com

The Bears enter Sunday's game in a three-way tie with the Lions and Green Bay Packers for first place in the NFC North, and keep in mind that the Lions already beat the Bears once, so if the Lions win on Sunday as well, they essentially have a two-game lead over the Bears.

This game will be huge, and with all due respect (tons and tons of it) to Josh McCown after he played tremendously the last six quarters for the Bears, the Bears will be happy to have their starting quarterback under center as they try to take over sole possession of first place in the NFC North.

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