Jay Cutler to Start for Dolphins vs. Broncos After Missing Game with Concussion

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistNovember 29, 2017

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 19: Jay Cutler #6 of the Miami Dolphins warms up prior to a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Hard Rock Stadium on November 19, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
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Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler will return to the starting lineup for Sunday's home game against the Denver Broncos at Hard Rock Stadium after missing the team's Week 12 loss to the New England Patriots with a concussion.

Head coach Adam Gase announced Wednesday the QB cleared the NFL's concussion protocol.

"I think he'll be all right. We'll give him some stuff [this week]," Gase told reporters.

Matt Moore, who replaced Cutler when he suffered the head injury during a Week 11 clash with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, started against the Patriots. He connected on 23 of his 34 pass attempts for 215 yards, with one touchdown and two interceptions.

So the Dolphins will turn back to Cutler in an effort to end a five-game losing streak that's dropped their record to 4-7 and turned their playoff hopes into a long shot.

The 34-year-old Vanderbilt product retired and joined Fox Sports as a color commentator in May before the Dolphins signed him in August following an injury to Ryan Tannehill.

He's failed to make much of an impact, though. He's completed 64.6 percent of his throws for 1,602 yards with 13 TDs and nine picks through nine appearances. As a whole, the Miami offense ranks 30th in both points and yards per game.

Cutler, who previously played for the Broncos and Chicago Bears, will look to get the unit back on track against a stingy Denver pass defense that's giving up just 201.9 yards per contest through the air—the fourth-best mark in the league.

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