Report: Bears to start Clausen over Cutler

(SportsNetwork.com) - With two games left in a dreadful season, the Chicago Bears are reportedly benching their starting quarterback.

The Bears plan to start Jimmy Clausen over Jay Cutler in Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions, ESPN.com reported Wednesday.

Cutler has started all 14 games in his sixth season for the Bears, completing 66.1 percent of his passes for 3,640 yards, 28 touchdowns and an NFL-high 18 interceptions.

He has fumbled 12 times, losing six to lead the league in overall turnovers.

Clausen, who was signed to a one-year contract in June, hasn't started a game since 2010 for the Carolina Panthers. He has thrown nine passes in three games for Chicago (5-9) this season, completing three.

Before this season, the former Notre Dame star hadn't appeared in an NFL game since playing 13 for the Panthers as a rookie after he was taken in the second round of the 2010 draft.