Jay Cutler was held out of practice on Saturday and won’t play against the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night. Major Wright, however, will return to his starting strong-safety spot after missing the Minnesota game with a hamstring strain and Craig Steltz starting.
Cutler had worked the past two days on a limited basis as the No. 2 quarterback. That role went back to Jordan Palmer for the Dallas game, with the Bears hopeful that Cutler will be ready now for Cleveland on Dec. 15.
“There’s no residual effect from the work he did the last couple of days,” said coach Marc Trestman. “Just chose to rest him today. And everybody worked.”
Trestman did not project as far ahead as the Cleveland game beyond some optimism based on Cutler working two days with no ill effects.
“There was no soreness or anything like that, which is good, and he worked at it pretty hard [Friday],” Trestman said. “We can be optimistic but we can’t be definitive right now.”
Wright had started 29 straight games before straining a hamstring just before the Minnesota game. Steltz stepped in and played well based on coaches’ evaluations. But Wright, currently third among safeties in Pro Bowl voting by fans, worked as the starter this week, leaving Steltz to turn full attention back to special teams.