Jay Cutler travels with the Bears to Texas, but will he play vs Cowboys?

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ARLINGTON, TX – When asked by reporters whether the Bears’ starting quarterback would travel let alone play on Wednesday, John Fox gave a typical answer.

“We’ll know 90 minutes before the kickoff,” said the normally tight-lipped coach about injured starter Jay Cutler.

A thumb injury on his throwing hand forced him out of Monday’s loss to the Eagles at the end of the third quarter. While the injury didn’t require surgery it did keep Cutler out of practice for the entire week.

But perhaps Fox left a door open for the quarterback to return to the lineup Sunday night against the Cowboys – albeit a slight one.

When the Bears released the names of the players who did not travel to Arlington Cutler’s name was not on the list. Only defensive lineman Eddie Goldman (ankle) and running back Ka’Deem Carey (hamstring) didn’t make the trip to the south leaving the possibility open.

Still it remains highly unlikely considering Cutler’s lack of participation in any practice this week at Halas Hall. Typically if a player misses the entire week they don’t play in the game that week.

In that case Brian Hoyer would step up and be the starter for the Bears against the Cowboys. Oddly enough it would be the second time in as many years that the team would start a backup in the third game after an injury in the second.

Jimmy Clausen filled in for the injured Cutler last year in Seattle and the Bears lost to the Seahawks 26-0.

Hoyer has more game experience than Clausen did, playing in 25 games over the last two seasons with Cleveland and Houston. Last year Hoyer started 11 games for the Texans, throwing for 2,606 yards and 19 touchdowns compared to seven interceptions as the Texans won the AFC South.

Filling in for Cutler in the 4th quarter against the Eagles on Monday Hoyer completed 9-of-12 passes for 78 yards.