Dec 1, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) throws prior to the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Jay Cutler's Thursday practice will determine availability vs. Cowboys


Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler hopes to return against the Dallas Cowboys this weekend, though, head coach Marc Trestman says his availability for the contest will be determined by Thursday’s practice.

Cutler, who is out with a ankle injury had wanted to return against the Vikings in Week 13 though was unable to do so and hoped that an extra week of rest would be able to get him back into the starting lineup. And it’s possible that could still be the case, assuming his practice goes well on Thursday.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen report the news earlier today, captured by Evan Silva:

ESPN’s @mortreport on #Bears Week 14 QB: “Practice on Thursday will determine whether Cutler will play. If he’s ready to play, he will go.”

In fairness to Josh McCown, who has replaced Cutler the previous few weeks, he’s  played well but the Bears as a unit have been iffy.

Sitting at 6-6, just one game behind the division leading Detroit Lions, the Bears are still in the thick of the playoff hunt so hopefully Cutler, who hasn’t played since Week 10 will be able to give Chicago a needed boost.

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