Todd Collins will start at quarterback for the Chicago Bears this week, as Jay Cutler recovers from a concussion. The 38-year-old Collins will start Sunday’s game at Carolina. He took over for Cutler to start the second half of last week’s loss to the New York Giants, after Cutler was sacked nine times in the first half and knocked out of the game. Collins went 4-for-11 passing for 36 yards before also being knocked out of the game late in the fourth quarter. This will be Collins’ first start since he started three games for Washington late in the 2007 season and helped guide the Redskins into the playoffs by winning all three. Prior to those games, he had gone 10 years without opening a game under center since he did so 13 times for the Buffalo Bills in 1997. Collins has thrown for 4,515 yards and 22 touchdowns during his 16-year career.
Cutler was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday, then met with team doctors and an independent consultant. The recommendation from both parties was for Cutler to continue to practice on a limited basis, sit out Sunday’s game, and be re-evaluated next week.