Jay Cutler cleared to practice

Updated: November 21, 2012, 4:55 PM ET
By Michael C. Wright | ESPNChicago.com

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears cleared Jay Cutler to practice Wednesday in a limited capacity, but per the NFL's concussion protocol, he'll still need to be cleared by an independent neurologist to play Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field.

Bears coach Lovie Smith said Cutler would have practiced on a limited basis Wednesday had the team not taken the day off. The development came as welcome news to offensive coordinator Mike Tice, who said, "God, I hope so," ...

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