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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Bears re-sign QB Josh McCown

By Michael C. Wright

The Chicago Bears officially re-signed veteran quarterback Josh McCown on Tuesday to provide depth with starter Jay Cutler likely to miss Monday night's matchup at San Francisco as he recovers from a concussion sustained Sunday against the Houston Texans.

To make room for McCown, the Bears waived tight end Brody Eldridge.

Released on Aug. 31, a day after the preseason finale at Cleveland, McCown started two games for the Bears last season and completed 35 of 55 passes for 414 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. McCown took over for an ineffective Caleb Hanie, who filled in for Cutler, and led the Bears to a 1-1 record in his two starts, including a 17-13 victory over the Minnesota Vikings in the season finale.

It's likely that McCown would serve as the backup for Jason Campbell if Cutler can't play Monday night at San Francisco, which seems to be a definite possibility. Cutler won't be allowed to return to practice until he's cleared medically by an independent neurologist.

Cutler missed one game when he last suffered a concussion on Oct. 3, 2010, in a loss to the New York Giants.

McCown's familiarity with the offensive system and the personnel were keys in the club's acquisition of the quarterback, who has started 33 of 50 NFL games over the last nine seasons with the Arizona Cardinals (2002-05), Detroit Lions (2006), Oakland Raiders (2007) and the Carolina Panthers, along with the Bears (2011).

McCown has completed 645 of 1,113 passes over his career for 6,998 yards, 37 touchdowns and 44 interceptions for a passer rating of 71.2.