Quarterback Rex Grossman, who led the Chicago Bears to the Super Bowl in 2006 but then lost his job after the first three games of this season, will return to the lineup for Sunday's road game against the Seattle Seahawks.
Bears coach Lovie Smith made the announcement Wednesday and his choice of Grossman was apparently not based solely on Brian Griese's sprained shoulder.
"We're going to go with who gives us the best opportunity to win," Smith said.
Grossman said he hopes to be the starter for the remainder of
"I'm trying to keep this job for the rest of the season, I
think that's a given. I've already been benched, what are they
going to do to me? I've been there and I don't want to go back," Grossman said.
"I'm just excited about going out and playing football and not
worrying about the repercussions of it," he said.
Griese had started six games since replacing Grossman but suffered a sprained shoulder in last week's game against the Oakland Raiders. Grossman led the Bears to a 17-6 comeback victory in that game, completing 7-of-14 passes for 142 yards, with one touchdown pass and no interceptions.
The defending NFC champions were 1-2 with Grossman as the starter and have split the six games that Griese started.
For the year, Grossman, 27, has completed 54-of-103 passes for 642 yards, with just two touchdown passes, six interceptions and a 53.9 quarterback efficiency rating. The team's first-round choice in 2003, Grossman started all 16 games in 2006.
The former University of Florida standout, whose early career was marked by injuries, is in the final season of his contract. General manager Jerry Angelo noted a few weeks ago that it was premature to assume that Grossman would not play again in 2007 or that he would not be back with the team in 2008.
During practice Wednesday at Halas Hall, Grossman took snaps
with the first team, while Griese was in a baseball cap. Griese
told reporters he hoped to practice Thursday and be able to play
Sunday, but that's not the scenario Smith mapped out. Smith said
both QBs had been informed of the switch for Sunday's game.
Information from ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli and The Associated Press was used in this report.