Cutler, starters to play 'very, very limited' snaps at Carolina

Cutler, starters to play 'very, very limited' snaps at Carolina

August 7, 2013, 2:15 pm
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BOURBONNAIS – Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon told before training camp that he would recommend that the Bears play their starters -- including quarterback Jay Cutler -- a little more than usual during the preseason.
The reason: to let the moving parts of a new offense work on meshing more under game conditions.
Coach Marc Trestman and his staff aren’t taking Moon’s advice.

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Cutler will play perhaps as little as one play in the preseason opener against the Carolina Panthers on Friday night. The rest of the starters, even those along an offensive line still looking for cohesion, will not be finding a lot of it on Friday.
“It could be three plays, it could be one play, it could be eight plays [for Cutler],” Trestman said. “I’m not trying to be smart; we’ll see how the flow of the game goes. If we go three and out, we’ll decide if he goes back in for another three. He may not.

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“It’s really just a general feel on what we want to get accomplished that time. The starters -- including Jay -- if they’re going to play, they’ll play minimally in this first game.”
That includes left tackle Jermon Bushrod, who strained a calf muscle last week and has played sparingly in full-team sessions the past couple of days.
And while players are rarely completely healthy when then play during the regular season, this time of year it’s reversed – most won’t play unless they’re 100 percent.
“It’s all about how this thing is feeling tomorrow, tonight,” said Bushrod, who has not missed a game since taking over at left tackle for the New Orleans two games into the 2009 season. “I just have to evaluate it. I can’t see the future. Take it one day at a time every single day, and if it’s feeling good, we’ll see what they say.”

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Defensive end Julius Peppers was again excused from practice with a hamstring strain suffered Saturday night but his injury is not considered serious. Neither is the calf strain that put end Corey Wootton out of practice on Wednesday.
Peppers is not expected to dress for the Carolina game as coaches use veteran starters only minimally at this point of the preseason.