The Bears will have a decision to make next weekend when they head to Green Bay; that is, if quarterback Jay Cutler is not behind center.

CHICAGO — The Bears will have a decision to make next weekend when they head to Green Bay; that is, if quarterback Jay Cutler is not behind center.

Cutler is questionable to return from a broken thumb soon, and if he’s not ready, the big question around Halas Hall next week will be whether the Bears go back to Caleb Hanie or start fresh with Josh McCown. McCown, who replaced Hanie in the last five minutes of the fourth quarter Sunday, says he’s ready if needed.

“Yea; oh yea. I’ve been preparing and doing all that stuff anyway. I’m ready,” said McCown, who was 1-for-2 for 12 yards with an interception. “Especially these last two weeks I feel like I’ve gotten up to speed and I’m getting going. There’s obviously a different tempo and energy that happens out there on the playing field, but you can only get grooved in by being on the playing field.”

Knox lost for season

Wide receiver Johnny Knox was carted off the field in the first quarter with a back injury, and he is out for the rest of the season. He was strapped on to a backboard as precautions were taken, but did give a thumbs-up sign as he was wheeled into the locker room. However, it was announced after the game that Knox is scheduled to have surgery to stabilize vertebrae in his lower back today.

“He has total movement,” head coach Lovie Smith said, “and he is not paralyzed or anything like that.”

Graham turns FG into TD

Seattle’s early 3-0 lead turned into 7-0 after Corey Graham was penalized for “leverage” in climbing over Seattle center Clint Gresham to try and block a short field goal. Seattle turned down the field goal in exchange for a first down at the 2 and scored on the next play.

“It’s just a play where you jump over the center and try to get a quick block,” Graham said. “As I was over the top getting ready to go over him, he stood up. It was just bad timing by me.”

Bittersweet first TD

Third-string running back Kahlil Bell ran for 65 yards, but he didn’t feel like celebrating his first career touchdown, a 25-yard pass reception that gave Chicago a 14-7 halftime lead.

“It was good at the moment,” Bell said, “but we would much rather have the ‘W’ than have one touchdown.”

Hanie still careless

Hanie had three more interceptions Sunday, giving him nine picks in his four starts for the Bears. Jay Cutler had seven interceptions in his nine starts. Hanie has had three interceptions in three of his four starts.

Frustrations show late

The Bears and Seahawks got into a shoving match late in the game Sunday as frustrations boiled over from Chicago’s side of the field. The two teams were separated and no punches were thrown.
“This isn’t tag,” Idonije said of the tussle. “It’s a physical game, so let’s get physical.”

Bears reporter Jay Taft can be reached at 815-987-1384 or jtaft@rrstar.com.