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Bears make it official with Josh McCown

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As expected, the Bears have brought back quarterback Josh McCown to serve as a third quarterback on the team’s 53-man roster.

The team hasn’t made any determination about Jay Cutler’s status for this week’s game after he suffered a concussion against the Texans on Sunday night, but it’s safe to say that he’s questionable at the very least. Jason Campbell would start if Cutler is unavailable against the 49ers.

It’s the second straight November that McCown has turned up in Chicago after a Cutler injury. He joined the team after Cutler broke his hand last year and wound up starting a couple of games at the end of the year after Caleb Hanie lost the job. McCown got cut at the end of training camp when the Bears decided to go with two quarterbacks on the active roster and Matthew Blanchard on the practice squad.

McCown is familiar with the offense and did well enough to split the two games he started last season. The Bears obviously hope they don’t have to turn to him, but he makes it less scary if you find yourself in that spot.

The Bears waived tight end Brody Eldridge to make room for McCown on the roster.

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15 Responses to “Bears make it official with Josh McCown”
  1. phuriousjorge says: Nov 13, 2012 1:21 PM

    I could think of a few other tight ends they could have let go.

  2. phuriousjorge says: Nov 13, 2012 1:25 PM

    That said, Bears are in better shape than last year. McCown knows the system and is fairly consistent, Campell should be a huge upgrade.
    SF is at home, their backup QB is better than our backup QB, and they are ranked higher.
    Perfect recipe for an upset.

  3. tucostacos says: Nov 13, 2012 1:45 PM

    They waived the wrong tight end, Kellen Davis needs to be cut…

  4. contraisloosebuthole says: Nov 13, 2012 2:04 PM

    I don’t know but Cutler seems kind of fragile these days.

  5. thetokyosandblaster says: Nov 13, 2012 2:07 PM

    The bears scored 6 points vs the texans?

    That’s cute.

    Rodgers scored 6 touchdowns.

    In their house.

  6. notor23 says: Nov 13, 2012 2:11 PM

    Agreed. They should have cut Kellen Davis… He is absolutely worthless.

  7. drinkdabeers says: Nov 13, 2012 2:12 PM

    I miss Greg Olsen.

  8. doug1grohlin says: Nov 13, 2012 2:22 PM

    McCown is a better tight end than Davis.

  9. murty77 says: Nov 13, 2012 3:11 PM

    @thetokyosandblaster

    Rogers also didn’t go out with a concussion and he wasn’t playing on a terrible field in terrible conditions. The Bears also play better on fast tracks like they have in Houston. Not saying the Bears would’ve done what the Packers did but the NFL is a week to week league and too many variables go into each game. If you’re suggesting the Packers are that much better than the Bears based off of how they did against Houston, then you are wrong. I could say the same thing about how the Packers performed against the Colts if we’re gonna play that game.

  10. thetokyosandblaster says: Nov 13, 2012 3:37 PM

    murty77 says:
    Nov 13, 2012 3:11 PM
    @thetokyosandblaster

    Rogers also didn’t go out with a concussion and he wasn’t playing on a terrible field in terrible conditions. The Bears also play better on fast tracks like they have in Houston. Not saying the Bears would’ve done what the Packers did but the NFL is a week to week league and too many variables go into each game. If you’re suggesting the Packers are that much better than the Bears based off of how they did against Houston, then you are wrong. I could say the same thing about how the Packers performed against the Colts if we’re gonna play that game.

    Interesting. How was cutler doing before the concussion?

  11. larryboodry says: Nov 13, 2012 3:38 PM

    Brody Eldridge – who I never heard of before – is still better than Kellen Davis.

  12. lynx79 says: Nov 13, 2012 7:59 PM

    McCown is at least equal to and probably better than anything the Cardinals now have at QB. McCown a casualty of the insane Cardinals years of Denny Green, 2004-6 (Green received “help” from dysfunctional GM Rod Graves, who is still there dragging down the Redbirds).
    Denny Green really needed by his son, Jeremy, who was arrested on VERY serious charges in 2010.

  13. larryboodry says: Nov 13, 2012 8:19 PM

    thetokyosandblaster says:

    “Interesting. How was cutler doing before the concussion?”

    Actually about the same as Schaub…They both threw two picks…Cutler had 40 yards passing in the half he played, Schaub had 94 for the game…Each threw a TD, but Brandon Marshall droppped ours.

  14. dabears212 says: Nov 13, 2012 9:05 PM

    McCown was serviceable in his two games last year. Not outstanding by any means, but not terrible. Should our luck be so unfortunate that Campbell goes down too, well, McCown wouldn’t do as bad as Hanie.

  15. voiceofsweetness says: Nov 13, 2012 9:29 PM

    “The bears scored 6 points vs the texans?

    That’s cute.

    Rodgers scored 6 touchdowns. ”

    Yeah the week after the got beat by the COLTS lmao

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