Cutler, Briggs ruled out this week

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (ankle) and linebacker Lance Briggs (shoulder) have already been ruled out for this Sunday's NFC North contest against the Minnesota Vikings.

Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman today quelled any notion that his leaders on their respective sides of the ball, quarterback Jay Cutler (ankle) and linebacker Lance Briggs (shoulder), will not suit up for Sunday's contest against the Minnesota Vikings.

Josh McCown will make his third straight start, and fourth of the season, in place of Cutler. Rookie Khaseem Greene will again start for Briggs on the weak side.

Trestman said he's confident Cutler will play at some point this year, just not this week.

"I'm totally confident he'll play again this season," Trestman said. "I don't have any reason [to think he won't], based on what I've been told. It's still week-to-week. I'm confident. I think Jay is confident."

Matt Forte, who hyper-extended his knee yesterday, is day-to-day but should be ready to go on Sunday.

"We're optimistic about it," said Trestman. "You just have to see in these cases. We'll know a lot more on Wednesday."

Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. He is in his third season covering the Chicago Bears full time. Follow Bear Report on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Bear Report Web site or magazine, click here.

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