The Bears insisted all along that quarterback Jay Cutler would get his job back once he was ready, no matter how well Josh McCown was playing.
On Thursday, they stuck to their word.
Coach Marc Trestman said Cutler will start Sunday at Cleveland after missing four games because of a high left ankle sprain.
McCown goes back to a reserve role after excelling.
‘‘I don’t think that risk was part of this decision,’’ Trestman said. ‘‘This decision was made a long time ago.”
Cutler’s return comes on the heels of a blowout win over Dallas on Monday night that vaulted the Bears back into the NFC North race. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.