McCown will start Monday; Cutler ruled out

Despite Jay Cutler's return to practice, Josh McCown will start at quarterback for the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football against the Dallas Cowboys.

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, recovering from a high ankle sprain, returned to practice this afternoon. It's a good sign in terms of his healing process, yet he won't be returning to the field this week against the Dallas Cowboys.

"Josh [McCown] will start," coach Marc Trestman said today.

Trestman said Cutler looked good in his first practice in more than three weeks.

"I thought he threw the ball very well," said Trestman. "I was encouraged by the work he got in."

Trestman said that Cutler will not be shut down this year and will "absolutely" play again this season.

Lance Briggs (shoulder) did not practice today and has been ruled out for the Monday night contest. Rookie Khaseem Greene will again start at weak-side linebacker for Briggs.

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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