Given the path he followed, it would be perfectly understandable if Chicago Bears quarterback Josh McCown was feeling rejuvenated.

The veteran backup has played well filling in for the injured Jay Cutler, and he'll get another opportunity when the Baltimore Ravens visit Soldier Field on Sunday.

McCown says "everything in life is just about opportunities." And right now, things are falling into place for him, if not the Bears (5-4).

They've dropped four of six following a 3-0 start amid mounting injuries, with Cutler (high left ankle sprain) and cornerback Charles Tillman (torn right triceps) going down in last week's 21-19 loss to NFC North leader Detroit.

Cutler was wearing a hard cast on Thursday that coach Marc Trestman called "precautionary" to stabilize the ankle.