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Josh McCown: 'Jay Cutler return is good for Chicago Bears'

Quarterback Josh McCown of the Chicago Bears looks to pass in the third quarter against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on October 20, 2013
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Chicago Bears quarterback Josh McCown says that the return of Jay Cutler is a good thing for the team.

Josh McCown has said that Jay Cutler's return to fitness is a "good thing" for the Chicago Bears.

The quarterback is expected to start against the Detroit Lions this weekend, three weeks after injuring his groin muscle.

McCown, who has been filling in during Cutler's absence, told reporters: "It's a good thing. There are a lot of banged-up teams right now, and you want to get people back. You need people healthy, and so it's a good thing that Jay is back and healthy and ready to go.

"As a competitor, I enjoy playing. As a member of our team, I understand my role. Jay is the starter and I'm the backup. Jay got hurt, and I served my team by playing and doing what I could to help us win a ballgame and then play effective football when I was in there.

"When he's healthy, he comes back. He's the starter, and that's how it goes. That's how we operate. There's no part of me that has any of those feelings."

McCown has started just one game during Cutler's time on the sidelines, leading the Bears to a 27-20 win over the Green Bay Packers.

Quarterback Jay Cutler of the Chicago Bears is injured on a play against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedExField on October 20, 2013
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