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Jay Cutler will start Week 15 if medically cleared, Bears 'optimistic'

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Chicago-style looks a lot different than it used to.
Josh McCown's headed to the bench if Jay Cutler is cleared medically. (USATSI)

It was announced on Wednesday morning that Bears backup quarterback Josh McCown was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week. A few hours later Chicago coach Marc Trestman announced McCown was headed back to the bench if Jay Cutler is medically cleared.

Trestman said Wednesday that Cutler will go through one more workout on Wednesday and then the team will decide if he can play, with an official decision to come on Thursday.

Additionally, Trestman said he was "optimistic" that Cutler would have a good workout and get cleared medically for Sunday's game against the Bears.

Asked how he could justify benching the reigning NFC POW, Trestman cited McCown's team-first attitude.

"He's all about team," Trestman said.

This was on display with McCown's comments following Monday night's impressive performance against the Cowboys. After throwing for 364 yards and four touchdowns, McCown said that Cutler was the starter. Trestman also said Cutler was "our quarterback."

"The team knows who the starting quarterback is, and like I said before, I know my job as the backup," McCown said. "I want to play efficient football, winning football and keep us in contention while the starter is not healthy. As long as Jay is healthy and ready to go I don't think there's any question. I just want to do my part so we'll see what happens moving forward."

It's a fascinating dynamic, because McCown's arguably earned the right to start the rest of the season.

The Bears don't feel differently, though there's certainly no guarantee that Cutler is medically cleared. Regardless it's a good problem to have.

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