Jay Cutler returns to the practice field for Bears

AP

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler took a step toward a quick comeback, by stepping onto the practice field Thursday.

According to Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com, Cutler was back after a two-and-a-half week absence since tearing a groin muscle Oct. 20 against the Redskins.

He missed last week’s win at Green Bay, but if he gets through today and tomorrow, they’ve said he’ll start Sunday against the Lions.

Cutler was slow-playing things earlier this week, hedging on questions of whether he could return so soon. We’ll see how realistic it is after he gets through the practice, or whether Josh McCown gets a chance to build on Monday’s impressive outing against the Packers.