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Friday, October 15, 2010
Bears confident in Cutler's condition

By Michael C. Wright

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said earlier in the week he's done with concussive testing heading into Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks, and Bears coach Lovie Smith reiterated the same on Friday.

Cutler put together "a great week of practice," Smith said, and the quarterback "feels good."

"When we put him on the field [earlier this week], he was ready to go," Smith said. "We're not monitoring him anymore. He's not going to see anyone else before he plays. He's good to go, just like everyone else."

As part of a nine-sack beating endured Oct. 3, Cutler suffered a concussion that forced him out of Sunday's 23-6 win over the Carolina Panthers. The club announced Monday that Cutler passed testing administered by both the team and an independent physician, and he was cleared to participate Sunday in the matchup against the Seahawks at Soldier Field.

Offensive coordinator Mike Martz liked what he saw of Cutler this week at practice, adding that protecting the franchise quarterback will always been one of the club's top priorities.

"We're always trying to protect him," Martz said, laughing. "I think as soon as somebody has been released, then you have to assume everything is fine. To approach it any other way would not be fair to everybody. I'm just assuming everything's good with him. I know they've been very cautious, rightfully so."

Despite missing the team's win against the Panthers, Cutler remains tied for the NFL lead in touchdown passes (14) dating back to Week 16 of the 2009 season.