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Cutler Set To Start Sunday After Returning To Practice

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Jay Cutler. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Jay Cutler. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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By Adam Hoge-

HALAS HALL (CBS) — Jay Cutler took every rep in practice Thursday and is expected to start Sunday against the Lions.

Bears head coach Marc Trestman confirmed that Cutler has been cleared to play by the doctors.

“I expect him to start on Sunday,” Trestman said.

Cutler was evaluated by doctors Thursday morning, 18 days after suffering a groin injury that the Bears originally thought would keep him out at least four weeks.

Asked if there was any thought to giving Cutler an extra week of rest just to be safe, Trestman said: “Jay has been cleared to play by the doctors so there wasn’t any consideration at all.”

Cutler was not limited in practice at all Thursday and said he felt 100 percent.

“As soon as I got hurt I felt like I would be back quicker than they thought. Kind of had that mind-set throughout,” Cutler said.

Meanwhile, Bears offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer insisted the quarterback will be able to run the full offense Sunday.

“Like Marc said, if he’s cleared to go, we’re going to do everything,” Kromer said. “We’re going to call the offense as we normally would.”

Right now the Bears have three quarterbacks on the roster with Cutler, Josh McCown and Jordan Palmer. Trestman said he wasn’t sure if they would keep three quarterbacks Sunday, adding that he hadn’t really thought about it yet.

Adam Hoge covers the Bears for CBSChicago.com and is a frequent contributor to 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter at @AdamHoge.

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