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With Jay Cutler’s ankle hurting, Josh McCown will likely start at QB for Bears this week

Frank Schwab
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Quarterback Jay Cutler, who was trying to play through a serious groin injury on Sunday, suffered a high ankle sprain. Like he needed more to deal with.

Bears coach Marc Trestman isn't messing around with Cutler's health this week. He said on Monday that Cutler will likely be ruled out for Chicago's next game against the Ravens and Josh McCown will start.

The Bears say that Cutler suffered the high ankle sprain when he was hit by Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch with with 2:56 left in the first half. Cutler played two more quarters before giving way to McCown for Chicago's final drive. That says a ton about Cutler's toughness, especially since he was obviously experiencing pain with his groin in the third quarter and had a lot of trouble moving around in the second half.

The Bears also announced that cornerback Charles Tillman was put on injured reserve/designated to return with a torn triceps muscle he suffered in the second half against Detroit. He can return to play in eight weeks, which would have to be for a playoff game. The Bears, who have also been without linebacker Lance Briggs, have just seven games remaining.

The good news for the Bears is that McCown has played well in relief of Cutler, including an upset win of the Packers in Green Bay. With Cutler now week-to-week with the high ankle sprain, the Bears will see how far McCown can take them before their regular starting quarterback is healthy again.

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