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Thursday post-practice report

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Jay Cutler strolled on to the practice field with his jersey off and his helmet tipped up on his head, which set the tone for a laid-back workout that saw newcomer Matt Gutierrez get most of the snaps, presumably to force feed him so he can play in Saturday night's preseason game against the Raiders at Soldier Field. Cutler hooked up with Devin Hester on a crowd-pleasing bomb on Wednesday. On Thursday, he tried twice more, and overthrew Hester both times. When he wasn't running the offense, he played catch with backup Matt LeFevour and visited with his teammates.

*Gutierrez can spin it. The backup, who signed Wednesday, has a nice arm and can deliver balls all over the field. That said, he still looked awkward at times while settling into a new offense. He threw two interceptions and fumbled a snap but made several nice throws, including two for completions despite tight coverage by linebacker Lance Briggs.

*A defender stripped Brandon Minor and Chris Harris recovered. Harris and Peanut Tillman jogged toward the goal line, lateralling the ball back and forth to each other before Harris did a somersault into the end zone.

*Danieal Manning had a Gutierrez pass in his mitts for an interception and dropped it.

*Hunter Hillenmeyer stripped receiver Greg Mathews, recovered the fumble and returned it for a touchdown.

*Ex-Homewood-Flossmoor product Freddie Barnes made the catch of the day, a one-handed grab near the sideline.

*Quarterback Caleb Hanie (shoulder), safety Major Wright (finger) safety Josh Bullucks (quadriceps), long snapper Patrick Mannelly (stinger), receiver Earl Bennett (hamstring) and safety Criag Steltz (ankle) did not practice while linebacker Hillenmeyer (foot) and defensive lineman Jarron Gilbert (neck) returned to practice.

*Johnny Knox set down his helmet and began signing autographs after the last public practice of training camp in Bourbonnais. One boy, who couldn't have been more than 4-years-old, handed him a Bears helmet to sign, which Knox did with a silver marker. The boy then put the helmet on and walked away. Knox didn't realize until a few minutes later that he had just signed his own helmet. He had to chase the boy down to get his own helmet back.

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