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Jay Cutler expected to start for Chicago Bears vs. Lions

Jay Cutler is all clear for a return to the Chicago Bears' starting lineup.

Bears coach Marc Trestman announced Thursday that the quarterback has been cleared by team doctors and is expected to start when Chicago hosts the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

If Cutler plays, he'll end up missing two weeks after suffering a groin tear that was expected to sideline him for at least four. Trestman described Cutler's rehab process as a "24/7" effort.

"There was a critical amount of hard work and effort he put in," Trestman said. "Says a lot about his commitment to the team."

Cutler went through a full practice Thursday without any setbacks. The Chicago Sun-Times reported Cutler "moved somewhat gingerly" during the portion of the practice open to the media.

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"If he couldn't do everything, he wouldn't be out there," Trestman said. "We would never put him out there if he was not cleared."

Cutler steps back in for Josh McCown, who played extremely well in two starts as Cutler's replacement.

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