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NFL notebook: Bears QB Cutler to return Sunday vs. Cleveland

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Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, 9:12 p.m.
 

Quarterback Jay Cutler is set to return to the Bears' lineup.

Coach Marc Trestman said Cutler will start Sunday at Cleveland after missing the previous four games with a high left ankle sprain.

Josh McCown, who played well in his absence, goes back to a reserve role.

Cutler went through a full practice Thursday after working out with the receivers following a walkthrough and got the green light to start this week.

• Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson intends to use his “old man strength” to teach Ravens free safety Matt Elam a lesson about showing respect to his elders. Elam said Wednesday that Johnson “is pretty old” and that Baltimore would try to get physical against the talented star to “make him uncomfortable.” Elam is only six years younger than the 28-year-old Johnson, who responded to the rookie's comments during a conference call with Baltimore media. After calling the Ravens' safeties “young,” Johnson said, “I'm getting old, man. I'll show him what that old man strength is about, though.”

• Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said he wasn't consulted on his father's decision to bench Robert Griffin III and finds it “a little disappointing” that the franchise quarterback won't be playing for the rest of the season. Shanahan said he made out two game plans for this week at Atlanta while waiting for coach Mike Shanahan to announce that Kirk Cousins will start the final three weeks.

• The Jaguars could be without two of their most productive offensive weapons for Sunday's game against the Bills. Rushing leader Maurice Jones-Drew has an injured hamstring, and receptions leader Cecil Shorts has a hurt groin.

— Wire reports

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