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November 8, 2013

NFL Cutler cleared to start Sunday

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“So my biggest thing was just helping Josh last week to make sure, even though I knew he would be ready, to make sure I could help him in anyway, and then get back as soon as possible so I could help those guys.”

McCown completed 36 of 61 passes for 476 yards and did not turn the ball over as Cutler’s replacement. He had a passer rating of 100.2. Cutler has completed 146 of 225 for 1,658 yards and 12 touchdowns with seven interceptions. He has a passer rating of 91.7.

McCown said he had no problem returning to the sidelines after playing so well.

“Jay got hurt and I served my team by playing and doing what I could to help us win a ballgame, and then play effective football when I was in there,” McCown said. “When he’s healthy, he comes back and he’s the starter and that’s how it goes. That’s how we operate.”

Cutler’s worst game of the season came facing Detroit and a Lions pass rush spearheaded by Ndamukong Suh at Ford Field on Sept. 29. The Bears lost 40-32 and Cutler turned the ball over three times, including two interceptions and a lost fumble that resulted in a touchdown.

“We’ve just got to do a good job up front and we’ve got to be able to have the ability to move the quarterback around and get away from the rush, and we’ll try to do that, as well,” Trestman said. “Overall, we’ve got to play a cleaner game. We gave the defense the ball in our territory too many times, four times, one on special teams and three times offensively. We gave up a touchdown.”

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