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Cutler to play briefly in opener

Posted by Larry Mayer on August 7, 2013 – 9:33 pm

Jay Cutler will start Friday night’s preseason opener against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, but the Bears quarterback likely will be pulled after a series or two.

“He’ll play very, very limited,” said coach Marc Trestman. “How limited, I don’t know. It could be three plays, it could be one play, it could be eight plays. I’m not trying to be smart. We’ll see how the flow of the game goes. If we go three-and-out, we’ll decide if he goes back in for another three. He may not. It’s really just a general feel on what we want to get accomplished that time.”

Some Bears starters won’t play at all. The ones who do join Cutler on the field likely will be removed from the game before the beginning of the second quarter.

“I would not expect our starters to play very long,” Trestman said. “We’ll start pulling them out some time in the first quarter. We’ll allow the guys competing for positions—certainly special teams positions, which is critically important—to get on the field and see how they work, see how they tackle, see how they play for the first time in a real game in a real football environment.”

One veteran who won’t play against the Panthers is receiver Earl Bennett. He was diagnosed with a concussion suffered last week in practice and has been ruled out of the game.

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