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.