LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- Quarterback Josh McCown will start an NFL game for the first time in four years when he lines up behind center for the Chicago Bears Sunday night at Lambeau Field against the Green Bay Packers.
McCown signed with the Bears on Nov. 23 after Jay Cutler suffered a broken right thumb. He replaces quarterback Caleb Hanie, who has a 41.8 passer rating with nine interceptions and three touchdowns while starting in four straight losses.
Until just before Thanksgiving, McCown was an assistant high school football coach. He says he is surprised to be in a starting role again.
While playing for Arizona, Detroit, Oakland and Carolina from 2002-09, McCown threw for 35 touchdowns and had 41 interceptions. He threw two passes with a 12-yard completion and an interception Sunday after replacing Hanie during the 38-14 loss to Seattle.
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