The Chicago Bears have concluded Thursday's practice and they still haven't announced who'll be starting at quarterback on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. Jimmy Clausen continues to take all the 1st team QB reps with Jay Cutler missing his 2nd consecutive day with a hamstring injury.
Cutler isn't the only starter on offense missing practice, as he was joined on the sideline by wide out Alshon Jeffery, who is nursing his own hamstring injury. The other top two wide outs, Eddie Royal (hip/back) and Marquess Wilson (shoulder), were both practicing on a limited basis today. Royal was held out yesterday, so it would seem he's making progress.
Other offensive starters practicing on a limited basis today were RB Matt Forte (knee) and LG Matt Slauson (toe).
Today is usually the day the starting quarterback meets the media, and with Cutler sidelined it was Clausen whom the Bears trotted out there. Clausen did say he was excited about the challenge of facing Seattle, so at least he's expecting to be the starter. Head coach John Fox will probably officially make a decision his starter tomorrow.
Fox did joke with the media about Cutler's status saying, "I wanted to list him as limited because he caught some passes today." Cutler was on the field helping Clausen and David Fales prepare for Seattle.
Clausen spoke about Jay's help during his media session.
Jimmy Clausen: Jay's 'been great' in 'giving me little answers to tests' this week pic.twitter.com/pG40iwJzQM— Patrick Finley (@patrickfinley) September 24, 2015
Offensive coordinator Adam Gase also met with the media today and he was critical of his play calling on Sunday against the Cardinals. He also said the difference in cadence from Cutler to Clausen was the reason for the o-line penalties. Gase also praised Clausen's leadership and intelligence.
On defense, inside linebacker Jon Bostic remains out with an ankle injury and OLB Pernell McPhee (knee), DL Ego Fergusson (knee) and CB Tracy Porter (hamstring) were all limited at practice again.
For you Tracy Proter fans out there, this tweet may be of interest to you.
Fox just let one slip, saying, Tracy Porter will be up for first time Sunday. #Bears— Arthur Arkush (@ArthurArkush) September 24, 2015
In case you missed it, OLB Sam Acho revealed that the mysterious illness that kept him out for a few weeks was mono.
With a long trip to the Pacific Northwest on the horizon this weekend, the Bears have decided to fly out to Seattle on Friday.
The Bears signed corner Bryce Callahan to the practice squad after he cleared waivers. Their practice squad now stands at 10 players with a break down as follows.
The Chicago #Bears practice squad now consists of 2 corners, 1 corner/safety, 1 nose tackle, 1 ILB, 1 RB/FB, 1 OT, 1 TE and 2 wide outs— Lester A Wiltfong Jr (@wiltfongjr) September 24, 2015
What are your thoughts on Chicago's injury situation?