Jay Cutler had to miss the second half of the Bears game on Sunday night, forcing the Bears to use second stringer Jason Campbell. Though Cutler's status for next week is currently unknown, the Bears need some insurance for next Monday's big game against the 49ers.
They will re-sign Josh McCown to back up Campbell, according to the Sun-Times.
McCown played a role with the Bears last season after Cutler suffered a thumb injury, and he stuck around through training camp. He was cut before the season started because at the time carrying three quarterbacks was considered a luxury. With Cutler's health in question, Campbell needs insurance.
McCown's signing is no reason to freak out about the Bears' season.
Campbell is not Caleb Hanie, and a concussion is not the same as a broken thumb on a quarterback's throwing hand. The Bears are being cautious, which is a smart move when you consider how unpredictable concussions can be.
Even without Cutler, the Bears have a quarterback who has more experience and capability than Hanie. Though his game was far from perfect on Sunday night, he showed a good connection with Brandon Marshall on a 45-yard pass. While Campbell was quick to check down, he wasn't anywhere near the catastrophe Hanie was. With a full practice week, Campbell should perform better if called upon.
And he won't have to be worried about being the Bears' only quarterback now, because McCown is back in town.