Bears' Fox: No adjustments to Cutler's playing time

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Chicago Bears quarterbacks David Fales (12) and Jay Cutler (6) warm up on the field during an NFL football training camp practice with the New England Patriots, Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, in Foxborough, Mass.

    Chicago Bears quarterbacks David Fales (12) and Jay Cutler (6) warm up on the field during an NFL football training camp practice with the New England Patriots, Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, in Foxborough, Mass. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 8/25/2016 6:44 PM

Chicago Bears head coach John Fox doesn't intend to adjust quarterback Jay Cutler's playing time in Saturday's third preseason game because injuries have disrupted several positions, including some on the offensive line.

Most starters are expected to play into the third quarter. But with right guard Kyle Long out (shoulder), Ted Larsen has moved to that spot from center.

 

That leaves first-year player Cornelius Edison snapping the ball to Cutler, who is working with his third center since training camp began.

Hroniss Grasu was expected to be the starter there this season, but he suffered a season-ending knee injury during camp.

"It's pretty much business as usual," Fox said. "I don't think I've been through many football seasons or football camps where there aren't things you don't have to adjust to. What we do for a living is about adjusting."

It takes time:

Through the first two preseason games, eighth-year veteran backup quarterback Brian Hoyer has a 34.4 passer rating and has completed just 45.8 percent of his passes (11 of 24) for 166 yards with 2 interceptions and no touchdowns.

Coach John Fox is quick to mention that Hoyer, who started nine games with the Houston Texans last year and 13 with the Cleveland Browns in 2014, has been with the Bears since May 2.

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"May I remind everybody that he's going into his third preseason game ever with the Chicago Bears," Fox said. "With time and practice and even preseason games, there becomes more of a comfort level, and we're still engaged in that. I think he's getting more comfortable."

Something different:

A new wrinkle in the offense under the direction of coordinator Dowell Loggains is the occasional use of a fullback as a lead blocker.

Paul Lasike, who spent time on the Bears' practice squad as a rookie in 2015, and veteran Darrel Young are the only two fullbacks on the roster.

"It kind of helps if you have a fullback; otherwise it's hard to use one," coach John Fox said, noting that the Bears did not carry a fullback on the 53-man roster in 2015. "We've added two fullbacks, and they'll be part of that evaluation.

"There's a lot of different personnel groups, and you try to have your best one out there. A year ago it was a different situation than this year, as far as the talent of your football team and how it's situated."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Medical report:

Cornerbacks Tracy Porter and Kevin Peterson were the latest to be claimed by the illness that has waylaid several players this week.

Cornerbacks De'Vante Bausby and Deiondre Hall, fullback Darrel Young and offensive tackle Bobby Massie returned from the same illness but were limited. Wide receiver Derek Keaton (knee) also returned to practice.

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