The Chicago Bears will not have quarterback Jay Cutler in uniform for Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams. Chicago's veteran quarterback is dealing with a high-ankle sprain that kept him out of action last week.
Cutler's had a solid season so far under first-year head coach Marc Trestman. He's completing 63 percent of his passes, which would be his best completion percentage in five seasons with the Bears. Through eight games, he's got 1,908 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight picks.
McCown has made four starts in relief of Cutler this season. The backup has an above-average stat line during that span with 754 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions. McCown's averaging 7.5 yards per attempt.
It doesn't significantly change the Rams game plan. Trestman's West Coast Offense has been remarkably successful for the Bears, keeping them in the playoff race despite a defense in an advanced state of decline. Chicago has a 6-4 record, trailing the Lions in the NFC North standings after having lost to Detroit twice this season. They need every win they can get to stay in the race.
High-ankle sprains should be a familiar concept to Rams fans. That's the injury that sidelined Sam Bradford for a stretch during the team's disastrous 2011 season. With an offseason to heel, Bradford made a full recovery and didn't require surgery.