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Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Cutler status uncertain, hopes to practice

By Staff

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler reiterated Wednesday that he's not sure if he'll be able to play against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at Soldier Field as he recovers from a concussion, but he hopes to practice Thursday.

"I don't know, we'll see," Cutler said. "Going through the process, still a few things to go through this week and we'll see how it goes.

"Got to see some more doctors. Got to go out on the field and make sure you can exert yourself, and it's a personal thing making sure you feel ok."

Cutler said Tuesday on "The Jay Cutler Show" on ESPN 1000 that he felt normal and he would return at some point, but he didn't specify for what game.

He suffered the concussion on Nov. 11 against the Houston Texans on an illegal hit by linebacker Tim Dobbins, who was fined $30,000. Cutler stayed in the game for an additional seven plays before being ruled out at halftime. He said Tuesday he didn't think it was a malicious hit.

Cutler missed Monday's 32-7 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, but he said that didn't necessarily mean he didn't pass his tests. He said the Bears had been leaning toward not playing him or Shea McClellin, who also suffered a concussion against the Texans, regardless of the test results.

It wasn't the first concussion suffered by Cutler, but he maintained he won't change his style.

"Moving forward, I'm going to play the same way I play," he said Tuesday. "I'm going to enjoy football. And hopefully I don't get another concussion."