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NFC Notes: Bears, Cowboys, Panthers & Redskins


  • Sources tell Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole that Brian Hoyer is being considered for the Bears’ starting quarterback role for the remainder of the season. However, Cole says that Jay Cutler is not concerned over the situation.
  • A source close to Cutler told Cole that a divorce from the Bears may not be the worst outcome for him.
  • Cole adds that while Cutler would like to stay in Chicago, the veteran quarterback is open to playing elsewhere for the remainder of his career.


  • On Wednesday, Dez Bryant told reporters that he is feeling better and is able to run his favorite routes. Bryant went on to say that if he feels good on Friday, he will play on Sunday. Although, if he is not feeling better, Bryant said he’s content waiting. (Jane Slater)
  • While people outside the organization are awaiting a quarterback controversy once Tony Romo returns, current starter Dak Prescott told reporters that “This is Tony’s team.” (Todd Archer)
  • Joel Curry points out that the Cowboys could have moved on from Tony Romo in 2017 any only incurred $5 million in dead money had they not restructured his contract in 2014 and 2015. Unfortunately, the price to part ways with Romo is now $19.6 million.


  • Adam Schefter reports that QB Cam Newton returned to practice on Wednesday and is on track to play Sunday.
  • According to the Black & Blue Review, Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart is expected to play this weekend. B&BR adds that Stewart could have played in Monday night’s game against the Buccaneers.
  • Panthers HC Ron Rivera told reporters that he is not sure when Michael Oher suffered a concussion. Rivera added that Oher’s concussion is more severe than Cam Newton’s.


  • The Redskins announced that TE Jordan Reed is being evaluated for a concussion after experiencing symptoms during workouts on Tuesday.

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