The Bears announced today that banged-up QB Jay Cutler will play Sunday against the Packers, but would be encased in a plastic bubble similar to the one made famous by the 1970s movie starring John Travolta.

In effort to stem the rash of injuries Cutler — including a sprained MCL that was announced late Thursday night — has suffered throughout the season due to a poor offensive line, the team will place him in the protective device before the game and roll him out for each offensive series.

“It’s a good idea,” said tackle/guard Gabe Carimi. “He’ll be safe in there. When Clay Matthews goes flying by me, I won’t have to worry about Jay’s head getting ripped off.”

Defensive lineman Israel Idonije also commented on the difficulty in actually tackling Cutler with the device in place. “It’s big, round, and slippery. And I kept tripping over the wires and tubes that are used to supply power and oxygen to it.” He also added,” With cold and flu season here, it’s a plus for Jay.”

Coach Lovie Smith, when asked how Cutler would be able to play in an apparatus which wouldn’t allow the ball to be transferred in any way to another player, or even how the snap would be conducted, said, “We’ll be okay. We have a good football team.”

John F