Bears QB Cutler Practices, “Looking Better” To Play Sunday

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 23, 2012 – 7:22 am

Early this week it was unclear who would start at QB for the Chicago Bears on Sunday, with Jay Cutler still feeling the effects of a concussion and backup Jason Campbell dealing with an injury to his ribs. But after Thursday’s practice, the picture is a bit clearer.

Cutler, who sustained the concussion two weeks ago in a loss to the Houston Texans and then missed last week’s game against the San Francisco 49ers, returned to practice on a limited basis on Thursday. It was the first time Cutler had been on the field working since suffering the concussion on November 11., and it’s a big step in him returning to the field to be the Bears starter against the Vikings.

“I know you all want to know about Jay Cutler. He was able to do some things on a limited basis,” Bears Head Coach Lovie Smith said. “So it’s looking better for (him) to get him back on the football field.”

Chicago will wisely attempt to keep Cutler’s status in doubt all the way up to Sunday morning, but another clue will emerge later on Friday when the Vikings and Bears are both required to submit their final injury reports of the week.

The same can be said for the Vikings with regard to WR Percy Harvin, who is attempting to nurse an ankle injury back to health in time for Sunday’s game. Harvin has not practiced yet this week, and Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier has said multiple times this week that he’d like to see the star receiver practice before playing.

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51 Responses to “Bears QB Cutler Practices, “Looking Better” To Play Sunday”

  1. By OTKalil2012 on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    Cutler is going to get hit…But always thought he would play…

    Percy ???…I don’t think he will be back yet…We find out for sure today…

  2. By rory from n.w.ark on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    We are rested and pretty healthy compared to most, Bears are humbled and banged up,SAN FRAN took them to the shed, just like we took SAN FRAN TO THE SHED,We know we can play with anyone if our heads are right ,really we know we can, we have seen the real deal this year !!!!!! I know in every fans mind we are all aking the QUESTION,,,,,What Viking team will show up Sunday????? We know that question cannot be answered by ANYONE till Sunday Now with all that being said,,,Chicago is just a team, a team we are very familiar with, if we are going to the playoffs this is a must win for us and with Chicago now feeling the SLUMP and a fresh beating there is no better time to go for the kill,now is the time to let it all out ,all the whippings we have taken from this Bear team,Now is the time to whip them and whip them good ,our players have to be saying to themselves enough is enough now its our turn……This Bear team is not what they think they are ,,,their turnover ratio cannot keep going in that direction,49rs showed us ,,dont turn the ball over and they are no better than half the teams in this league,very beatable,,Now is the time to play our near perfect game,this win tells me were ready to take this division,,,Win out at home and this game at chicago and we are there,its right in our grasp….Please Vikings this is the week we are all waiting to seeEnough of these Bears ENOUGH……

  3. By BlueBird7 on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    Round 1. Let us see if Frazier/Musgrave can outsmart Mike Tice/Lovie Smith.

    Round 2. Let us see the results of Round One used for Dec 9, Wk 14.

  4. By vikingbob136 on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    The Bears can not beat us with Campbell as their QB. They know that too and will do whatever it takes to get Cutler ready.
    We have to prepare to face Cutler and bring a lot of blitzes on defense to pressure him.
    On another note, too bad we don’t play the Texans in Minn. They look beatable yesterday(LIons)
    And on a last note, how about those Cowboys! I had a great afternoon watching them stink up Jerryworld Stadium. America’s team my A$$.

  5. By Parkway on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder will throw for 500 yards

  6. By Deertracks on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    But, right into the hands of the Bears?

  7. By Old School on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply reporting: Percy out for Sunday!

    That hurts!

  8. By Old School on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    He’s had 3 weeks now to get better……….

    There must be some damage in that ankle that the Vikes aren’t talking about.

    I hope we can win this game Sunday and give Percy a full 4 weeks and then he is back vs the Pack!

    I believe that this game Sunday is a must win for any Playoff hopes!

  9. By Parkway on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    That’s our season then, back to the draft boards

  10. By BlueBird7 on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    And then maybe Percy will get a crack at the Bears the following week.

  11. By Everyone on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    omg no one likes you deertracks go away!!!!!!!

  12. By Parkway on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    Acceptable First Round PIcks:
    Keenan Allen (WR), Barkevious Mingo (LB), Jonathan Cooper (OG), Johnathan Banks (CB)

    Acceptable Second Round Picks:
    Justin Hunter (WR), Cordarelle Patterson (WR), Da’rick Rogers (WR), DJ Fluker (OT),

    Acceptable Third Round Picks:
    Da’rick Rogers (WR), Nico Johnson (LB), Logan Ryan (CB), Akeem Spence (DT), Jamie Collins (LB), Shayne Skov (LB)

  13. By Spencer on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply


  14. By Parkway on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    Cooper Rogers Johnson anyone?? Anyone?? Mingo Rogers Spence anyone?? Anyone?? I’ll take it

    Allen Rogers Johnson anyone??? That noodle arm would be so sore from throwing to all the offensive weapons we would have.

  15. By Old School on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    I think this will be a great test for Ponder again without Percy. Percy may not even be around after next year if they can’t re-work his contract before it is up. I don’t believe that he will stay if they wait. We need to see what Ponder can do without a Percy and I hate to say without A.P……he won’t be around 6 or 7 years from now and if he is, like every other great back, he will be well into his decline!

    Ponder needs to take this team on his back come Sunday and for once, throw 4 TD’s for 350!

  16. By Old School on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder needs a “STATEMENT GAME”!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I’m tired of seeing these other, mid-level QB’s, throw for 350 and 3 or 4 TD’s!

    A STATEMENT GAME VS A GREAT D!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    I think they are holding Percy out for other reasons– the ankle is an excuse. Ponder is more at ease without him in there– I get a sense Percy is so demanding that it wore on Ponder’s psyche to the point he could not properly think- he felt compelled to throw to Ponder or risk a fit– I don’t know for certain, and I hope I am wrong, but when you think of the dynamics psychologically of a team and how this affects players, especially young ones– it is a possibility. Plus, if Harvin is out and Ponder plays better and we score more– that should not make sense. You would think the opposite. Everyone said Ponder could progress more through his reads with Harvin out– why? Why would he be able to read better when he has less options and his best player out? Wouldn’t he have more opportunity to go to other players when so much attention is on Harvin?

  18. By Deertracks on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    Sure thing, everyoneisanutcase. When did you get out of jail for rape?

  19. By iaVIKE on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    I agree Titus, i hope that’s not the case, but it makes sense…

  20. By BlueBird7 on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply


    Could this situation upset the apple cart in Sunday’s Bears game?

  21. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    I think we win this game.

  22. By CaribooBill on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    Maybe it had more to do with the play calling. Without Percy, the play calling had to be more creative and therefore, less predictable. Just a thought.

  23. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    Could be Cariboo– but if Musgrave is any good, one would think he would try and spread the offense — that is offense 101.

  24. By Deertracks on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    Why did you change your name to Everyone? Just when Everyone was getting used to iaVIKe.

  25. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t know– I respect Harvin and I think he is an awesome player– he seems nice when I have seen him interviewed. Part of his great ability though may stem from a relentless drive for perfection– I see that side of him too– he is a driven person. Sometimes such personalities can be felt.

  26. By OTKalil2012 on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply


    I really think your reading to much into the Harvin conspiracy theory…

    The reason Ponder was able to find so many different receivers…Is because he had “time” to throw the ball…O-line did a great job last week…And Musgrave moved Ponder around in the pocket some by “design”…To keep the defense off balance…And some very solid “unpredictable” play calling…

    That combination of things, got the ball to so many different receivers…And gave Ponder “time” to make plays and go through all his reads…

    If Harvin was healthy…Harvin would be playing…If something else is going on…Then Frazier would sit Harvin because of a coaching decision…And that would not last more than a week of sitting out…

    Harvin messed up his foot…A Sprain that involved 3 areas of the foot and ankle…

    If Harvin was healthy…Harvin would be playing in this HUGE division game…But Harvin isn’t healthy…

  27. By VikingFanatic209 on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply say status unknown for Harvin but he is sitting out of practice….so he may be a game time decision but there has got to still be some kind of issue if he isn’t on the practice field. what I think is a realistic game for ponder this week is 1st and foremost take care of the football and exploit the 1 on 1 match ups and take some pressure off of the best back in the league so he can hit the homerun and win us the game. Unlike Ponder, Adrain “all day” Peterson doesn’t need any more time to develop; he is at his prime and this team is built to win it on the ground…….lets play 60minutes of vikiing footblall………and that is run 1st to set up the play action and on defense stop the run and set up 3 and long to get after Cutler…….and that is the winning formula………..skol vikes p.s. play well on special teams and contain deven hester

  28. By OTKalil2012 on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply


    But one thing I do see as a problem…How much money will Spielman and Zygi come up with to pay Harvin ???…After some of the sideline problems and off the field issues, he has had recently…

    Might the Vikings consider trading Harvin ???…That I am not so sure of…After getting into the head coaches face a few weeks ago…And asking for a “trade” out of the blue, in training camp in anger…

  29. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    OT– I hope you are right. I am a critical thinker –so I cannot help but explore alternative possibilities. I still think my thoughts on it have some merit. Then again, I could be way off– just adding some food to the blog.

  30. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    OT– I would not be surprised if he is traded.

  31. By VikingFanatic209 on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    another thing that might work is double teaming Marshall and the good news is Alshon Jeffery will be out so players like Hester and there TE’s will have to beat us and cant forget Forte outta the back field but we will put Greenway on him

  32. By john 61 on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    rudolph,simpson,peterson,felton,gerhart,carlson,wright,ellison,harvin,we have the players to play with anybody,so whats the problem, the oc, he should have been replaced in the buyweek,

  33. By iaVIKE on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    Has Alshon Jeffery done much this year? Havn’t heard a thing about him

  34. By OTKalil2012 on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    A Jeffery hasn’t done a lot…But he is a rookie..

    He averages about 3 catches a game when playing, and about 30-40 yards a game…He has 2 TD’s on the season so far…

  35. By OTKalil2012 on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply


    I get to critical also at times…But when it comes to Percy…It is important to way all the “pros and cons” with his contract coming up this off season…Because Harvin has plenty on his plate…

    Harvin has plenty of talent and will demand top dollars to keep him here in Minnesota…But he also deserves a contract worthy of his “multi” talent levels…

    But Percy also has some baggage…The migraine issue…Is that totally gone ???…It seems to be for now…

    Harvin also was hard to control by his head coaching staff in college…He has shown the same type of “diva” problems again here at the pro level…

    And if the Vikings can’t come to contract terms…Harvin would be worth a LOT in trade value…I could see the Vikings getting 2 number one draft picks for Harvins contract rights…

    What will the Vikings and Harvin decide “after” the season is over ???…Harvin is a loose cannon…Anything could happen…

  36. By Parkway on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    Let’s get Alex Smith

  37. By Ozzinator on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    What about Mistral Raymond?

  38. By vikingology1 on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with Titus regarding Ponder-he felt more at ease in the passing game when Harvin was out. But the coaches need to address that issue and not give in to Harvin’s on field demands.
    Harvin is a great player, but is too demanding on-field. If we had a legit #1 deep threat, I think it would bring balance to the passing game, and still satisfy Harvin because we would be scoring.

  39. By Parkway on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    Da’rick Rogers next year

  40. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder will throw for over 300 yards. AP will rush for 250.

  41. By OTKalil2012 on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    new blog..

  42. By Dakotakid59 on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder seems far less stressed without Percy Out there I Dont Know It is The thought Of not having to worry about getting him his alloted amount of touches each game to keep him satisfied-or-what? But he seems to do a much better job without Percy out on the Field? Is it me or what? But he looked great last week aginst Detroit seemed to make all of his reads and threw the ball great. Hope he does the same aginst the Bears. Although it’s always much harder on the road. Thank God for Adrian Peterson. Thats what I would fall back on.

  43. By 1vikingsfan on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with you Titus. Im sure harvin can play but the coach is taking him out not for healthy issues. Ponder will play fantastic without him. Over 350 yards 1 TDs and AP 150 or more with 3 TDs.

  44. By DrinkHeavy on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    I think you guys are really stretching logic this by saying “Ponder plays better without Percy”. If Percy being out impacts anybody, it’s Musgrave, because he develops the game plan and is calling the plays for CP. Percy is a great player, and I’m sure CP and the rest of the team would much rather have him in the line-up. Bottom-line, if Kalil and the rest of the OL have a bad game Sunday, Julius Peppers and the rest of the Bear front seven will make it a long day for CP, AP and company, regardless if Percy plays or not.

    To win this game, our defensive front seven HAS to match the Bears intensity this Sunday in Chicago. In the 4th qtr, we have to be able to get to Cutler and we can’t allow Forte to run for 6 or 7 yds at a clip if we want any chance to win.

    I think the Vikes show up this week and manage to squeak one out late..23-20..

  45. By tomcat on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    They will never trade Harvin. Someone would have to offer two 1st round picks, which ain`t gonna happen.

  46. By Wreck It Ralph on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    That shows confidence in your team. I bet you wish Matt Schaub and JJ Watt are injured too and the Vikings could intercept the Texans calls. Man are you Viking fans a bunch of losers.

  47. By tomcat on Nov 24, 2012 | Reply

    Wrecked Ralph= Everyone knows Cutler is the biggest baby in the NFL. Even his own teammates can`t stand him. He`ll really be whining after our passrush grinds him into that sloshy mess they call Soldier field on Sunday.

  48. By Kathy P on Nov 24, 2012 | Reply

    They need to play rock-steady football. NO turnovers, VERY FEW penalties, and maybe some takeaways if our Defense can get to Cutler. Special Teams need to step it up a notch also. They will have to contain Forte and Marshall for sure. They did it with Megatron and can do it with Marshall as well. They need to all concentrate on their objective and that’s to stop them from getting huge chunks of yardage. Shore up the middle of the field as well, cause Cutler likes to throw particularly in that area for 10-20yd.chunks. I agree, if we play solid football and keep down the penalties, we stand a good chance to actually win this game. Our Offense needs to be ready to pick-up on the blitzes because they will bring them for sure. In turn, our Defense needs to rush Cutler and keep him out of rythm and not allow him to throw those bombs so much. Hester probably wont be able to return ANY of our kick-offs either; that’s where special teams really need to step.up their play. GO VIKINGS!!!!!!!!!!!

  49. By smoker the Bear on Nov 24, 2012 | Reply

    Wow you guys dream big. Ralph is right. You are a bunch of losers.

  50. By tomcat on Nov 24, 2012 | Reply

    1Vikingfan-Are you nuts? There`s no way they sit Percy if he can play! Why in the world would they do that? He`s their best receiver. He`s their best kick returner.

    Smoker the Bear- You`ll be the one dreaming. Dreaming about A.P.scampering around the endzone tomorrow.

  51. By megakrab on Nov 25, 2012 | Reply

    harrison smith concussion

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