One NFC North team is slated to get its starting quarterback back in Week 10, while another begins life without theirs. Elsewhere, a rookie signal-caller who should see his first action in more than a month is just one of the many quarterback injury situations covered here.
Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions
Cutler missed the Monday night game, but he returned to practice on Wednesday, is listed as Probable and is expected to start today. Josh McCown filled in quite well for Cutler in the win against Green Bay, but head coach Marc Trestman has said all along that Cutler is his starter. Cutler will be looking to redeem himself after turning the ball over four times against Detroit in Week 4 loss, and this is a Lions defense that’s 26th in the NFL against the pass. Cutler may not be a must-start QB this week, but he’s certainly capable of producing like one.
Terrelle Pryor, QB, Oakland Raiders at New York Giants
Pryor left last week’s loss to Philadelphia in the fourth quarter after injuring his knee, but it appears to be a minor thing. He practiced fully all week, is listed as Probable and should be good to face the Giants. If anything, the bigger concern with Pryor has to do with his performance. Prior to departing the game against the Eagles, he had thrown two interceptions and didn’t have a single touchdown. He has a total of seven interceptions in his last three games with just two touchdowns. The Giants’ defense has been playing better lately and is coming off of a bye, while the Raiders had to make the dreaded cross-country flight from the West coast for an early (1 p.m. ET) kickoff. There’s no reason to not start Pryor, but you may want to temper your expectations and double-check your available options.
EJ Manuel, QB, Buffalo Bills at Pittsburgh Steelers
For the first time since injuring his knee in Week 5, Manuel will start at quarterback for the Bills. The rookie missed four games with an LCL sprain, but he made it through his first full week of practice since the injury just fine and is Probable to face the Steelers. Pittsburgh set franchise records for both points (55) and yards (610) allowed in last week’s loss to New England, but that doesn’t make Manuel an absolute, must-start. He hasn’t played in more than a month and is working with a banged-up wide receiving corps. Manuel has struggled with his accuracy at times and enters this game with five touchdown passes and three interceptions. He appears to have a bright future, but for now the best course of action would probably be to let Manuel develop his game on your bench.
Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Packers
Vick was able to practice on a limited basis this week, but he’s listed as Doubtful and there is no reason to expect him to return. Not with Nick Foles coming off of a record-tying seven touchdown passes against Oakland. Chances are the Eagles will wait until after their bye in Week 12 to re-evaluate Vick and the starting quarterback situation. For now, if you have Foles you may as well ride his hot hand and see what he can do against a Green Bay team that doesn’t have Aaron Rodgers under center and a defense that is allowing more than 250 yards passing per game with 14 touchdowns and just three interceptions.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers – Rodgers (above) will miss at least three games because of a broken collarbone sustained on Monday night against Chicago. Seneca Wallace will get the call, at least for the time being. Wallace didn’t exactly inspire a lot of confidence in relief of Rodgers against Chicago, so unless you have no other options, there is no reason to give him much consideration, despite today’s matchup with the NFL’s worst defense (Philadelphia). That doesn't mean there aren't any potential replacement options for Rodgers on the waiver wire.