The Chicago Bears announced Friday that Jason Campbell will indeed start on Monday night against the San Francisco 49ers. Campbell will meet with the media Friday.
It's never a good time to lose a starting quarterback, but this is especially crushing for the Bears. Cutler carries Chicago's offense because their receiver group is limited, their scheme isn't tough to prepare for and the offensive line is leaky. Now Campbell has to take on the NFC's best defense -- outside of Chicago -- one week after facing the AFC's best defense.
The 49ers are cautiously expected to have quarterback Alex Smith available after he suffered a concussion last week, which won't help Chicago either. This is a game that could wind up deciding seeding in the NFC. There's also a growing chance the Green Bay Packers will be able to pass the Bears if Cutler doesn't get healthy soon.