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Jay Cutler full-speed ahead for Panthers on Sunday

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Jay Cutler (smiling presser).jpgJay Cutler says he'll be good to go for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers. The only question is just how good that will be.

Cutler bounced back after suffering bruised ribs on a vicious -- but legal -- takedown by Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh in the Bears' 13-6 victory on Monday Night Football. But he wasn't sharp. Cutler was 7-of-15 for 77 yards and a 64.8 passer rating after suffering the injury.

''It was really tight,'' Cutler said Wednesday at Halas Hall. ''Just getting my backside through the ball. I wasn't kind of coming through exactly how I wanted to. I thought Mike did a good job of managing. I missed some throws I'd like to have back, but that's part of it.''

Cutler said that after seeing a replay of Suh's sack, he was ''lucky'' the injury wasn't worse than it was. He also said he does not expect the injury to inhibit his game plan against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday at Soldier Field.

''I'm not concerned at all,'' Cutler said. ''I think Sunday it'll be cleared up and I'll be fine.''

Jason Campbell relieved Cutler for five plays in the first half against the Lions. Cutler expressed complete confidence in Campbell, a former full-time starter with the Redskins and Raiders, should he be summoned again in relief.

''Hopefully nothing happens. But if I go down, we're in good hands,'' Cutler said. ''Jason Campbell's been in this league a year longer than me. He's been in a lot of different systems, lot of tough situations. He's been knocked around. He knows what this league's all about. He's a professional. He sits in meetings with me and he knows his stuff. He's ready at any time.''

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