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Bears turn to backup QB Josh McCown once again

2012-11-13T20:15:00Z 2012-11-14T00:11:29Z Bears turn to backup QB Josh McCown once againThe Associated Press The Associated Press
November 13, 2012 8:15 pm  • 

With starting quarterback Jay Cutler sidelined with a concussion suffered in Sunday's loss to Houston, the Bears once again have signed backup Josh McCown.

McCown arrived at Halas Hall Tuesday to provide depth at quarterback. He played in all four preseason games this summer for the Bears.

"This is like deja vu all over again," McCown told Bears Report. "I'm very excited and I'm very thankful to have another opportunity to come back and have the chance to be around these guys.

'I'm really glad to be here. I have so much respect and love for this organization."

Appearing in three games with two starts last season, McCown completed 35 of 55 passes for 414 yards with two TDs, four interceptions and a 68.3 passer rating. He also rushed for 68 yards.

McCown re-signed with the Bears in March and spent the entire offseason with them before being released Aug. 31.

 

McCown appeared in all four preseason games this summer. He played the entire finale, completing 20 of 29 passes for 157 yards with two TDs, one interception and a 90.7 passer rating in a 28-20 win in Cleveland.

 

 

 

 

In last year's season finale in Minnesota, McCown completed 15 of 25 passes for 160 yards with one TD, one interception and a 75.4 passer rating in a 17-13 win at Minnesota.

Prior to joining the Bears, McCown had started 31 of 47 games played in eight NFL seasons with the Cardinals (2002-05), Lions (2006), Raiders (2007) and Panthers (2009), completing 57.7 percent of his passes for 6,584 yards with 35 touchdowns, 40 interceptions and a 71.3 passer rating.

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Tillman thanked his Twitter followers for their "thoughts and prayers" and added "Wife and baby are doing great" in a post Tuesday.

Tillman's status for Sunday's game against Houston was in question after he told a Chicago radio station he might have to miss it. He wound up playing in the loss to Houston.

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