The Chicago Bears will get a welcome addition to the lineup when they take on the Minnesota Vikings next Monday. Last season some media outlets reported that Cutler would miss up to a month with a hamstring injury, but he returned after sitting out just one game. Meanwhile, head coach John Fox declared Jay Cutler (thumb) - who hasn't played since Week 2 - will instantly return in a starting role once healthy, as rookie Matt Barkley is now Chicago's only healthy quarterback and threw two interceptions in relief of Hoyer during Thursday's game against the Packers. In other words, Bears' head coach John Fox preferred Hoyer to Cutler and the injury allowed the team to mask that sentiment. "At the end of the day - obviously Jay's our starter". Barkley ended up completing six of 15 pass attempts for 81 yards, zero touchdowns, and two interceptions.
Fox said there's a "strong likelihood" that Hoyer will go on injured reserve.
However, with Hoyer likely out for the rest of the season, the Bears are forced to go back to Cutler as their starting quarterback. "That's really the facts and kind of what happened and where we're at now". "When he's cleared, we'll have him out there". But still, Cutler in Chicago has been a formidable opponent for the Vikings, and even if he's a guy many fans are taking lightly these days, I don't think the Vikings will.
As for the health of his three-time Pro Bowler at right guard, Fox said that Kyle Long is dealing with a strained triceps.
"That's part of the reason why I don't like putting timeframes on things", Fox said.
If Bleacher Report NFL Insider Jason Cole is to be believed, the Bears have already made up their mind when it comes to Cutler's future with the team. "I think everybody realizes what they signed up for".
Now it's a matter of getting back in sync with teammates on the field.
Center Cody Whitehair said the change doesn't affect how starters play. Both had high ankle sprains.