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Report: Cutler cleared to start against Vikings

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  • Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has completed the concussion protocol tests and is cleared to play, according to a report at

    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has completed the concussion protocol tests and is cleared to play, according to a report at
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Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was been evaluated and cleared by an independent neurologist, according to an report, and is eligible to return to action Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.

Jason La Canfora of was reporting today that Cutler passed "all concussion protocols" and will start.

A source with the Bears, however, said the team wasn't preparing any announcement and it's possible the team would make a game-time decision on starting Cutler.

Cutler was listed as questionable for Sunday's game after practicing on a limited basis for the second straight day, and the Bears players and coaches .

"Jay is getting better," coach Lovie Smith said. "He was able to do more (Friday) than he did (Thursday). He's looking good."

Cutler missed Monday's game against the San Francisco 49ers after being injured in the previous game.

"He has progressed, which we wanted him to do," Smith said. "It's looking good."

Teammates were confident Cutler would return after practicing well last week.

"He looked good," running back Matt Forte said. "He should play. It's always good to have the starter back. Jay's very comfortable in this offense, and in the passing game especially, so we have to get the running game going to help out the passing game."

Backup quarterback Jason Campbell (ribs) went through a full practice for the first time this week and is probable, as are wide receiver Brandon Marshall (shoulder), defensive tackles Stephen Paea (shoulder) and Matt Toeaina (calf), linebacker Lance Briggs (thumb), guard Lance Louis (ankle), defensive end Julius Peppers (thigh) and defensive end Shea McClellin (concussion), who has been cleared to play.

Tight end Kellen Davis (ankle) was limited in his first practice of the week and is questionable.

For the Minnesota Vikings, wide receiver Percy Harvin remained unable to practice and is doubtful. Guard Charlie Johnson (toe) and defensive tackle Letroy Guion (foot) are questionable.

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