LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Chicago Bears activated quarterback Doug Flutie Tuesday, and Coach Mike Ditka said Flutie might play Sunday against Tampa Bay.
Chicago starter Jim McMahon will be out at least one more week, and the Bears might also be without running back Walter Payton, who suffered a dislocated big toe in Monday night's 20-17 loss to the Rams. Payton has started 161 consecutive games.
"It's dislocated," Ditka said. "We don't know if it's fractured. We'll know more Wednesday."
Flutie, the 1984 Heisman Trophy winner at Boston College, was put on the 45-man roster, and wide receiver Clay Pickering was cut.
"I don't anticipate going out on the field this week," Flutie said. "If the situation came about, I'd be ready. I would prefer to come off the bench than start because of the added burden you seem to have when you are the starter."