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Brian Urlacher picks Josh McCown over Jay Cutler

Brian Urlacher isn’t part of the Bears anymore. But if he was, Urlacher would be upset if Marc Trestman turned to Jay Cutler over Josh McCown right now.

The longtime Bears linebacker and future Hall of Famer said as much Tuesday on “FOX Football Daily.”

“In my opinion, [McCown] should be the guy, he should be the starting quarterback for the Bears,” Urlacher said on the show. “Even if Jay Cutler’s healthy. You can’t take a guy who’s this hot out of the football game. If I was on that team, I would have a hard time with them taking him out.”

Of course, that’s not what the Bears will do. Trestman has continuously said that Cutler will play when healthy, even saying so after McCown accounted for five touchdowns and had a 141.9 passer rating in a 45-28 thumping of the Dallas Cowyboys on Monday night. McCown was named the NFC offensive player of the week for his effort.

More will be known about Cutler’s status later Wednesday. But his return from a high-ankle sprain looks imminent after he practiced last week.

“I think Jay might be healthy right now and that’s just me talking,” Urlacher said. “If you watch him move around, and some of the film they have of him earlier this week and in a pregame, he might be healthy right now.”

That said, Urlacher still stands by McCown.

“It’s going to be awfully hard to take Josh out now the way he’s playing,” Urlacher said. “If you look at the numbers since he came in — 13 touchdowns, one pick, they’re 3-2 — the yards are there, the wins are there. He’s making great decisions with the football, and I know he’s got great players around him.”