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NFL notes: Cutler will return to Bears lineup

Quarterback Jay Cutler is set to return to the Chicago Bears’ lineup. Coach Marc Trestman says Cutler will start Sunday at Cleveland after missing the previous four games with a high left ankle sprain.

Josh McCown, who played well in his absence, goes back to a reserve role.

Cutler went through a full practice on Thursday after working out with the receivers following a walkthrough and got the green light to start this week. Linebacker Lance Briggs participated on a limited basis, but Trestman was not optimistic about him returning from his shoulder injury.

Cutler’s return comes on the heels of a blowout win over Dallas on Monday night that vaulted the Bears back into the NFC North race.

They’re tied for first place with the Detroit Lions at 7-6.

Around the League

Receiver Tavon Austin sat out his second straight practice, and his availability for the Rams game on Sunday is in question. … Packers QB Aaron Rodgers hopes to return to action Sunday against Dallas. He has shared practice snaps with backup Matt Flynn for the past two days, and will likely undergo a CT scan this week on his healing left collarbone. … Cardinals rookie safety Tyrann Mathieu said he will have surgery today to repair torn ligaments in his left knee. … Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson intends to use his “old man strength” to teach Ravens free safety Matt Elam a lesson about showing respect to his elders. Elam said Wednesday that Johnson “is pretty old” and that Baltimore would try to get physical against the talented star.

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