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Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Updated: November 21, 3:12 PM ET
Jay Cutler not sure he'll face Vikes

ESPNChicago.com

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said Wednesday he's still unsure if he's going to play against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday after missing a game with a concussion, but Cutler hopes to practice on Thursday.

"I don't know, we'll see," Cutler said of Sunday's game. "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 he'll be back this season, but he's not sure about Sunday.

He suffered the concussion 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.

Cutler said he didn't think the hit was "malicious."

"I don't think there's ever really malicious intent," he said. "It's a reaction game. Guys aren't out there planning on taking guys out. There's not enough time for the brain to really fire like that. He's out there reacting. He's playing football."

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. "I'm going to enjoy football. And hopefully I don't get another concussion."

Cutler missed Monday night's 32-7 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, but he said it's not safe to assume that the reason he didn't play was because he didn't pass his tests. Rookie defensive end Shea McClellin also sat out after suffering a concussion against the Houston Texans on Nov. 11.

"Before I even took a test, met with Lovie and our trainers, me and Shea both, pass or not pass the test, everyone was leaning toward us not playing," Cutler said.