With quarterback Jay Cutler listed as doubtful for Sunday's game with a right shoulder injury he sustained last weekend against the Giants, Barkley is the next man up. The former USC standout has appeared in five NFL games over three seasons—all as a reserve—since being selected by the Eagles in the fourth round of the 2013 draft. Barkley has yet to throw for a touchdown, having completed 36 of 65 passes for 381 yards with six interceptions and a 34.2 passer rating.
The Bears signed Barkley to their practice squad Sept. 5 and elevated him to their active roster Sept. 22 after Cutler sprained his right thumb in a Week 2 loss to the Eagles. Cutler is the team's third quarterback to be injured this year, joining Brian Hoyer (arm) and Connor Shaw (leg). Nonetheless, Bears coach John Fox believes in Barkley.