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QB Jay Cutler Cleared to Play Sunday

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(LAKE FOREST, Ill.) -- Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has been cleared to play Sunday against the Detroit Lions, Bears head coach Marc Trestman said Thursday.

Cutler tore his groin on Oct. 20. and was expected to miss at least four weeks, but now he's expected to start Sunday.

"As soon as I got hurt I felt like I would be back quicker than they thought," Cutler said. "I kind of had that mindset throughout the [rehab] process."

"At the bye week, I thought that would give me enough time to make a push for this game. Last week I felt like if things kept progressing that I'd definitely have a chance for this game. Early last week I had a sense that this could be a real [be able to play.]"

During the Bears' shortened practice Thursday, Cutler took every snap.

"We just went out there and did some drills, threw the ball and stepped up into the pocket," Cutler said. "Made sure I was comfortable moving around. If I wasn't back to 100 percent or if they had any doubts, I wouldn't have been practicing today. That was the stipulation. They were going to let Josh [McCown] have another crack at it [starting Sunday], and I was going to sit this out."

Cutler has thrown for 1,658 yards, 12 touchdowns and seven interceptions this season.

The Bears (5-3) and Lions (5-3) are slated to kickoff in Chicago Sunday, at 1 PM Eastern. 

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