Bears expect to sign Josh McCown, report says

November 12, 2012

Jay Cutler gets by with a little help from his teammates. (Nam Y. Huh / AP)

With Jay Cutler’s status uncertain for next week after he suffered a concussion in a 13-6 loss to the Houston Texans on Sunday night, the Chicago Bears are making a move at quarterback.

And it doesn’t involve the backup, former Washington Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell.

The Bears are bringing Josh McCown, who was cut in training camp, to Chicago and expect to sign him today, the Sun-Times’ Sean K. Jensen reports. Before Cutler can play against the San Francisco 49ers, he’ll have to be cleared by team doctors and an independent neurologist; he will, though, have an extra day in which to recover, with the Bears-49ers playing Monday night. Cutler and Campbell are the only quarterbacks on the roster; Matthew Blanchard is on the practice squad.

Cutler was injured on a helmet-to-helmet hit by Tim Dobbins as he released a pass late in the first half. He was called for an illegal forward pass because he was beyond the line of scrimmage on the third-down play and Dobbins was flagged for unnecessary roughness. Cutler finished the half and began suffering concussion symptoms at halftime, Coach Lovie Smith said. Campbell came in and completed 11 of 19 passes for 94 yards.


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