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Happenings at Halas: Marshall calls for NFL culture change after bullying scandal

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If the Bears had practiced Wednesday, Jay Cutler would have been limited. But the starting QB is making progress. He's able to do some activity, including running, but the head coach said "I don't know where he's at."

Trestman was peppered with questions about Cutler's status today, and while non-committal, he did say if he's cleared, he'll play.

"There is no grey area," Trestman maintained. "If he's cleared by the doctors, two days is enough."

So, it's wait and see with him.

Josh McCown certainly proved his value on Monday night and the Bears are confident if he needs to start another divisional game. But, if Cutler is cleared, it's with the understanding that he will be able to play on Sunday.

"Set the record straight, you can't replace Jay Cutler. He's our leader, he's our captain," Brandon Marshall said. "How far he takes us, that's how far we're going to go."

The Bears won't know anything until Thursday when Cutler is evaluated before the first of just two practices this week. That, as Trestman says, is all Jay will need to be ready for Detroit on Sunday. Agreed. He's the starter. Let's not get carried away with the McCown success. There's no quarterback controversy at Halas, but it's a good problem to have. Jay hasn't played a full season since 2009.

The question of will he or won't he, however, makes this short week even more interesting. If he's cleared, I think we should all believe he's ready for Ndamukong Suh. And hopefully nothing will re-occur during the rest of the season.

Marshall is always thoughtful when he talks, but you really saw his insight when he was asked about his former teammate Richie Incognito.

Marshall wanted to be sensitive to Jonathan Martin and what he's going through, but said "I feel like the NFL does a lot to protect the brand, or the logo of the team. We do things because of publicity."

Marshall was disturbed by some of the things that were said by Incognito, but it goes both ways.

"We walk around saying the N word as black players and it's not right. Then, we get offended when it's said by a white player. We can't jump down a guy's throat. There has to be a culture change in the NFL."

Marshall said this sort of thing goes on in locker rooms all over the league, but was quick to point out that Coach Trestman nipped that in the bud early saying he had no room for rookie hazing or treating players disrespectfully. He wants his team to focus on football- nothing else. If that wins games, and has players excited to come to work, then that's all that matters. They're tied for the division lead at the halfway point. I'd say it's working.

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