LAKE FORREST, Ill — Josh McCown took reps with the first string offense on Thursday as the Chicago Bears said that starting quarterback Jay Cutler will not be available for duty on Monday night when the Bears host the Dallas Cowboys at 7:30 p.m.local time.
The Bears will bring a 6-6 record into the fray, which will be televised nationally on ESPN. Chicago is in second place in the NFC North, a game behind Detroit.
Dallas (7-5) currently is tied for first place, along with Philadelphia, in the NFC East standings.
McCown, 34, has stared the last three Bears games in relief of the injured (ankle) Cutler and has performed well.
Chicago is coming off of an overtime loss to Minnesota last week. The Bears had a chance to win the game with just over four minutes left in overtime, but placekicker Robbie Gould failed to connect on a 47-yard field goal attempt on second down.
McCown passed for 355 yards in the game and hurled a pair of touchdown passes.
McCown could be in for another huge performance Monday as the Cowboy defense has been allowing an average of 295 yards through the skies per game.
The Bears have won the last two meetings against Dallas.