Jay Cutler (thumb) misses practice, Brian Hoyer fills in

LAKE FOREST, Ill. – Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is still officially classified as “day to day,” but he did not practice on Wednesday because of a right thumb sprain that could sideline him for Chicago’s next game, versus the Dallas Cowboys.

The only update coach John Fox provided on Cutler is that “he iced [the thumb]” over the last 48 hours.

Veteran backup Brian Hoyer took the first-team reps in advance of Sunday night’s matchup at AT&T Stadium.

“We’ve taken a lot of snaps with Brian,” right guard Kyle Long said. “They do a good job of mixing everybody up. If it’s Jay, if it’s Brian, if it’s whoever out there, we’ll be fine.”

Aside from Cutler and Hoyer, the only other quarterback in the building is practice squad member Matt Barkley.

Fox said he will not enter a game with only one active quarterback.

In addition to Cutler, nose tackle Eddie Goldman (high ankle sprain), safety Adrian Amos (concussion), nickel back Bryce Callahan (concussion), running back Ka'Deem Carey (hamstring), inside linebacker Danny Trevathan (thumb surgery), safety Chris Prosinski (calf) and outside linebacker Lamarr Houston (torn ACL) were all unable to practice.

Fox would not reveal whether Houston, who tore his ACL for the second time since 2014, will miss the rest of the


Also, wide receiver Alshon Jeffery popped up on the injury report as limited with a knee problem.