Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler returned to practice Thursday, but will miss Monday night’s game against the Dallas Cowboys.
Coach Marc Trestman ruled Cutler out for Monday. Trestman reiterated his belief that Cutler will play again this season, but he was not sure of Cutler’s availability for the Dec. 15 road game against the Cleveland Browns.
The Bears have won two of the four games Cutler has missed this season. Josh McCown, who started all four of those games, will start Monday.
Pyro’s take: McCown has done a nice job replacing the injured Jay Cutler, and he will get another chance on Monday Night. Weather is supposed to play a factor in this one, as it is predicted to be five degrees at kickoff.
McCown should still be able to throw the ball effectively to his dynamic duo, and be able to take advantage of a Cowboys defense that is only better than Vikings in terms of fantasy points allowed on the season.
Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles rushed for 93 yards, giving him 1,011 yards for the season, his fourth 1,000-yard season, most in club history.
Charles, a third-round pick in 2008, rushed for 1,000-plus yards in 2009, 2010 and 2012 and surpassed Priest Holmes, who did it three times during 2001-03. Charles also became the fifth player in club history to record more than 1,000 rushing attempts. At 1,003 attempts, he is 372 behind Larry Johnson’s club record of 1,375 set during 2003-09.
“At the end of the day, I want to be one of the best that’s played in this organization,” Charles said. “Not just in my organization but in my (draft) class and in the NFL.
“It’s an honor to go over 1,000 yards, but we have more football. Hopefully, I can go out and break more records and make history.”
Pyro’s take: Charles has been amazing at the running back position this season, compared to many others who have flopped this season. Jamaal has been a scoring machine, with 11 touchdowns, this season and is on pace to finish with over 60 catches as well.
In fact Charles has a chance to go over 2,000 yards from scrimmage this season. He is currently on pace to finish with 1,950 yards. If you own Charles then expect him to keep leading the way for you in the fantasy playoffs.
NEWSFEED: Rodgers may miss week 14 and possibly the season
So the reports keep getting worse for the Green Bay Packers.
On Sunday morning, NFL Network reported that Aaron Rodgers would be “lucky” to play this coming week against the Atlanta Falcons. And if Green Bay were to lose Sunday against the Falcons and slip further out of the playoff picture, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said, the team may shut Rodgers down for the rest of the season.
The Packers starting quarterback has been out since Nov. 4 with a broken collarbone and the team hasn’t won since.
Pyro’s take: This news is not much of a surprise. Rodgers is a risk to rush back, and if he is not 100% healthy there is no reason to bring him back this week against the Falcons. The Falcons are a beatable team, but so were the Vikings and even the Lions this past week. If the Packers lose I expect Rodgers to be shut down.
The same thing happened earlier in the season with the Muscle Hamster, and in the wake of a losing the season the team opted to shut down their franchise player. The Packers should do the same thing. Rodgers is not worth risking long term, especially when the Packers are not going to have to win their division in order to get in to the playoffs.
This is bad news if you own a Packers receiver, but it also means you will see a heavy dose of Eddie Lacy the rest of the way.