The quarterback missed two games with a torn groin, and in typical Cutler fashion, returned in just a couple weeks instead of the 4-6 week projection. His Iron Man mentality was not rewarded, though, as the quarterback severely injured his ankle in the fourth quarter this past weekend against the Detroit Lions. He was forced to exit the game, and will now reportedly miss another couple games with a high ankle sprain. The team will again be forced to hand the ball to lifetime backup, Josh McCown.
McCown has looked pretty decent while filling in for Cutler this season, though. He has thrown three touchdowns in his two starts and came in during the fourth quarter this week to throw an 11-yard touchdown to Brandon Marshall. McCown has put up respectable fantasy numbers in limited action and continues to demonstrate his flawless recognition of the playbook.
This week the Bears face off against the Baltimore Ravens. The team hasn’t exactly been strong against the pass this year, as they have surrendered five passing touchdowns in the last two weeks alone. This will be a good matchup for McCown to get into a rhythm and the veteran should finish with around 250 yards and two touchdowns.
McCown won’t be a worthy starter in all formats, but he can be a valuable one-week plugin for anyone that needs a replacement for Cutler or Tony Romo.