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Jay Cutler is fine, but Bears could be without several key players vs. Green Bay

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cutler.jpgThe Bears will face the Green Bay Packers with a very banged up lineup.

The good news is that Jay Cutler is fine and will play Sunday at Soldier Field despite being hindered by neck and knee injuries this week.

But the Bears will be without linebacker Brian Urlacher (hamstring), Tim Jennings (dislocated shoulder) and wide receiver Earl Bennett (concussion) against the Packers.

The Bears also listed defensive end Shea McClellin (knee) and defensive tackle Henry Melton (chest) as doubtful for Sunday. Neither has practiced this week.

"They have been able to do much this week at all," coach Lovie Smith said. "We're a little banged up, but believe me we have enough guys to play this week. We have had good practices."

As far as Cutler's knee injury, Smith stressed again that it wasn't serious. The neck injury always has been a bigger concern for him and the Bears.

"What knee?" Smith said. "Believe me. I know there was a guy that reported that there was a problem with the knee, but there is no problem with the knee. Jay's good to go. We're hoping he'll play the best game he's ever been able to play."

Melton returned to Halas Hall after being excused Thursday for personal reasons.

"Again, he wasn't able to do much, but he was back," Smith said.

Bennett's status is becoming disconcerting. Bennett hasn't practiced since suffering his concussion against the Seattle Seahawks at Soldier Field.

Smith confirmed that his symptoms have been worse than other Bears, including Cutler, who have suffered concussions this season.

"Yes, he hasn't been cleared," Smith said. "So we haven't had one that's gone this long, but of course there's concern when you have this missed this much time."

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Uh oh. Without Jennings and urlacher not sure about matchup vs Rodgers Now with Melton out too packers will run better and have better play action. Injuries at wrong positions at the wrong time!!

No question that players have to step up. The Packers are starting to get healthy as the Bear injuries start to increase, which is not a cause for optimism, but I still think the Bears will win handily tomorrow. Marshall will still get his share of caches, but Forte is probably going to be a key player both in running the ball and catching passes to keep Rodgers off the field. I look for special teams to add a boost as well.

Forte does have to step it up, but ever since he's gotten his big payday, you don't see him hitting the holes as hard. The Matt Forte of the past is gone. I didn't think he was one of those who was just in it for the money.
Also really worry about going into the game with just three safeties.
Hate the Packers.

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