The veil around the starting quarterback for the Bears against the Seattle Seahawks won’t be formally pulled back until Friday at the earliest. But part of the weekly Bears cadence is a Thursday press conference with the Bears starting quarterback.
In its weekly release the team made no mention of who that would be, or if there even would be a quarterback stepping before the microphones, in keeping with coach John Fox’s philosophy of releasing only the NFL-required information.
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But after practice on Thursday, in which Jay Cutler again only watched and served as an assistant “coach,” Jimmy Clausen made his way to the podium and sounded an awful lot like a starting quarterback.
“Just the communication [between himself and offensive coordinator Adam Gase and quarterback coach Dowell Loggains] I think has been a lot better this week,” Clausen said. “Obviously when Jay’s starting, he’s getting most of the communication with Adam and Adam hasn’t really spent as much time with me. But I think this week has been pretty good as far as my communication with both of them.”
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And pretty good as far as identifying the starting quarterback for the Bears in Seattle.
We'd been circling this news all week, and now it's getting closer to reality: late Saturday night, Adam Schefter reported that QB Mitch Trubisky will be under center for the Bears' matchup with the Saints this Sunday:
Trubisky was a full participant in practice from Wednesday to Friday of last week, but had still been listed as questionable up to this point. He returns after dislocating his left shoulder in Week 4 against the Vikings and missing the team's Week 5 loss to the Raiders.
The news comes at a crucial juncture of the season for the Bears, who are currently 3-2 and in third place in the NFC North.
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