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Expect Bears to add Josh McCown as QB insurance

Chicago Bears quarterback Josh McCown (12) hands off ball Armando Allen during fourth quarter preseasNFL football game against ClevelBrowns Thursday

Chicago Bears quarterback Josh McCown (12) hands off the ball to Armando Allen during the fourth quarter in a preseason NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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Updated: December 14, 2012 6:26AM



With Jay Cutler needing to pass the NFL’s concussion protocol, the Bears are expected to re-sign veteran Josh McCown as insurance, according to a league source.

McCown was expected to travel to Chicago on Monday night, and the Bears could make the move official Tuesday by releasing a player to make room for him. Cutler and Jason Campbell are the only quarterbacks on the active roster. Rookie Matthew Blanchard is on the practice squad.

Asked if he’s looking at McCown, coach Lovie Smith said: “We’re looking at all our options at the quarterback position. As I said, he’s one of them. He played good football for us. We’re familiar with him.”

McCown, 33, was signed as a backup to Caleb Hanie last season, and he started the season finale against the Minnesota Vikings. He completed 15 of 25 passes for 160 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the Bears’ 17-13 win.

He also had a strong preseason but was released Aug. 31.

Urlacher flap

Linebacker Brian Urlacher caught heat from some fans when he congratulated Houston Texans safety Danieal Manning after an interception.

Urlacher wasn’t too thrilled that anyone would question him for doing that.

“That was a nice play. I could give a crap about what people think on the street,” Urlacher said on ESPN radio. “Get mad at me all you want.

“He’s my friend. I wish he wouldn’t have caught it, but he did, so nice play to you.”

Manning was selected by the Bears in the 2006 draft but left via free agency after the 2010 season.

Dropped the ball

Smith has been a staunch supporter of Kellen Davis. But the tight end lost a fumble and had two drops Sunday night.

“I praised him based on his play,” Smith said, referring to a few weeks ago. “That’s how we normally do it. Last night wasn’t one of his — he’ll say it wasn’t — his best games, simple as that.”

Smith noted that rookie receiver Alshon Jeffery might return for the Monday night game against the San Francisco 49ers.

“[He’s] making a lot of progress,” Smith said. “I don’t know for sure on him, but we can use all guys now.’’



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