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Jay Cutler not expected to practice Thursday

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Indications are that quarterback Jay Cutler will not practice today at Halas Hall.

In addition, his usual press conference today will not take place.

Those are both strong indications that Cutler hasn't been cleared by team doctors to return to the practice field, the first key step in hopes of him starting Monday night against the San Francisco 49ers. Cutler suffered a concussion during the second quarter of a 13-6 loss to the Houston Texans last Sunday night.

During a standard week, Cutler addresses reporters on Wednesday, followed by receiver Brandon Marshall. Then, on Thursday, the Bears press conference features two defensive players, usually linebackers Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs.

But with a Monday night game this week, the schedule is pushed back a day. But the Bears announced this morning that they flopped the schedule, meaning the defensive players will hold their press conference today. Those players will be Urlacher and defensive tackle Henry Melton.

The offensive players who will address reporters tomorrow hasn't been announced.

If Cutler cannot start, then Jason Campbell will replace him. Veteran Josh McCown, officially signed Tuesday, will serve as the backup.

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In big games, Jay Cutler shows flashes of greatness, sprinkles of stupidity, and then he gets hurt before half-time. This is a trend I've noticed. Brandon Marshall has dropped touchdowns in both of our losses this year.

I wish I could disagree with your comments, anonymous, but it's hard to. With the exception of the one playoff game, Cutler has amassed a great record w/the Bears since 2010 against weak and middling teams. Against the best teams, he has not played well and has been hurt, and the Bears have been out-schemed consistently.

That being said, he has been unlucky with regard to injuries, and has had terrible lines playing in front of him, so they should expect to get exposed against good defenses.

Ohh what a travesy! mmy poor little Jay! Creighton would nurse you back too health if he could! :'(

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