Palmer will back up Josh McCown, who is the only healthy quarterback on the Bears' roster. The Bears originally signed Palmer in August after third-string quarterback Matt Blanchard suffered a broken hand, but Chicago decided to keep only two quarterbacks on its roster.
Cutler left Sunday's loss to the Washington Redskins in the second quarter, with what the team said is a groin injury. He was injured after a sack by the Redskins' Chris Baker. Cutler stayed down for a couple of minutes, with several teammates circled around him. Eventually, he limped off the field and then down the tunnel into the Bears' locker room.
Palmer has bounced around — and out of — the NFL since he was drafted by the Redskins in 2007. In addition to the Redskins and Bears, he has spent time with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Cincinnati Bengals, where he played with his brother, Carson.
With Jay Cutler going down today with an injury, the Bears will re-sign QB Jordan Palmer, per @FieldYates and me.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 20, 2013