On Thursday afternoon, several Chicago Bears reporters tweeted out pictures of quarterback Jay Cutler participating in the team's practice, and given that the Bears don't play until Monday night against the Dallas Cowboys, it seemed to be a great sign that Cutler would be good to go for the game.
Well, Bears head coach Marc Trestman eventually met with the media and poured a bucket of cold water all over the idea Cutler could play in the game.
Trestman said that Cutler has been ruled out for the game, and that linebacker Lance Briggs has been ruled out for the game as well:
Jay Cutler and Lance Briggs both ruled out for Monday vs. #Cowboys, per Marc Trestman.So, this means Josh McCown will start for the third straight game at quarterback in place of Cutler, and Briggs will miss his sixth straight game. The initial timetable for Briggs' shoulder injury was four-to-six weeks, and here we are at week seven, with the star linebacker still out. It's especially frustrating when you consider that the Bears' run defense is, you know, the worst in the entire league.
— Jeff Dickerson (@ESPNChiBears) December 5, 2013
Briggs did not participate at all in practice on Thursday, while Cutler was officially limited.
Trestman says that Cutler "absolutely" will play again this season:
Trestman on whether Cutler will play again this season: "Absolutely." #BearsAfter Monday night's game, the Bears only have three games left, so the Bears clearly think Cutler isn't too far off. And if he's already practicing, that's certainly encouraging for his week 15 chances.
— Rich Campbell (@Rich_Campbell) December 5, 2013
ChicagoBears.Com has more on other Bears injury news following Thursday's practice:
In other injury news Thursday, receiver Brandon Marshall (quadriceps) did not practice; safeties Anthony Walters (groin) and Major Wright (hamstring) were limited; and guard Kyle Long (ankle) worked out without restrictions.The severity of those injuries is unknown, but there doesn't appear to be any concern about Brandon Marshall's status at the moment. And in some positive news on the injury front, Kyle Long was able to practice fully after leaving the locker room on Sunday in a walking boot.
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