The Chicago Bears made a few roster moves on Thursday, and while he hasn’t been ruled out for Sunday yet, the decisions will likely have an impact on Jay Cutler.
That’s because the Bears have elevated quarterback Matt Barkley from the practice squad to the 53-man roster ahead of the team’s game against the Dallas Cowboys this weekend. Barkley is expected to back-up Brian Hoyer when the Bears take the field in the Lone Star State, and that likely means that Cutler will miss this week’s game with a sprained right thumb.
Cutler has not been ruled out of the game officially, but he did not participate in Wednesday’s practice at Halas Hall and is considered day-to-day by the coaching staff.
The Bears also officially ended linebacker Lamarr Houston’s season on Thursday, placing him on injured reserve. The move cleared a spot on the 53-man roster for Barkley, and means that Houston will officially miss the remaining 14 games on the schedule.
Finally, the Bears signed fullback Paul Lasike to their practice squad on Thursday. Lasike was on the team’s active roster for the first two games of the season, and got his first career rushing attempt on Monday night against the Philadelphia Eagles.