By: Bob LeGere
Source: Daily Herald
Jay Cutler has not lost his fastball.
That’s the good news. The bad news is he’s not suiting up Monday night against the Cowboys, although he was able to practice on a limited basis Thursday afternoon inside the Walter Payton center.
In the brief portion of practice that the media is allowed to observe, Cutler threw with plenty of zip. But he isn’t ready yet to elude pass rushers because of the high ankle sprain that has kept him out of the previous three games.
“He’s still progressing,” coach Marc Trestman said. “He’s worked very, very hard to get to this point.”
Josh McCown, who is seventh in the NFL with a 103.6 passer rating, took all the first-team snaps at practice. Cutler is 15th with a 88.4 passer rating.
Trestman could not speculate on Cutler’s availability for Week 15 against the Browns in Cleveland, although he was able to run lightly at practice without a limp. He reiterated that there are no plans to shut Cutler down for the season.
“We want to be very, very careful,” he said. “I was encouraged just by the work that he got in, considering the injury wasn’t that long ago. I thought he threw the ball very, very well.”
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