Nov 17, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) on the sidelines during the first quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears rule Jay Cutler out for Monday Night Football vs. Dallas Cowboys

The Chicago Bears will host the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football in Week 14 and will do so without starting quarterback, Jay Cutler.

The former Vanderbilt star had returned to practice for the Bears this week, this after suffering a nasty ankle injury which has limited his action to just one game since October 20th.

There was hope (maybe more wishful thinking) that Cutler would be available for Monday as the Bears attempt to fight for a playoff spot, but they’ll need to rest their hopes on the shoulders of backup Josh McCown who will draw the start yet again (and has played relatively well in Cutler’s absence) as the team announced Cutler is out for the nationally broadcast game:

Trestman: QB Jay Cutler will NOT play Monday vs. Cowboys.

Cutler had hoped to return against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 13, though was clearly not ready. That lead to speculation that he could suit up against the Cowboys in Week 14, though head coach Marc Trestman suggested Cutler’s practice this week would determine his eligibility.

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