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Cutler misses practice due to concussion

Posted by Larry Mayer on November 15, 2012 – 4:40 pm

Jay Cutler’s status for Monday night’s game in San Francisco remains uncertain after he was held out of practice Thursday due to the concussion he sustained in last Sunday night’s loss to the Texans.

“I know you have a lot of Jay Cutler questions, but there’s not a whole lot I can say except for—as I said yesterday—he’s getting better,” said coach Lovie Smith. “I don’t know if he’ll be able to go this week or not. He did not practice today and that’s about all I can really tell you.”

Cutler, who must be cleared by Bears doctors and an independent neurological consultant before he can participate in practice or a game, has improved each day this week.

“He’s feeling better and it normally goes like that,” Smith said. “You get better each day with an injury, with just how you’re feeling. That’s why you’re optimistic and you have to take it each day, and we’re hopeful tomorrow he’ll be better than he is today.”

Like Cutler, defensive end Shea McClellin did not practice Thursday after suffering a concussion against the Texans. Defensive tackle Matt Toeaina (calf) also sat out. Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (hand) was limited and defensive tackle Henry Melton (back) practiced without restrictions.

The Bears are hoping that Jeffery will be able to play after missing the last four games.

“He’s a good football player,” Smith said. “He was really playing good football for us when he went down. I know we can’t wait to get him out there. As you look at the timetable that we kind of had in mind when he went down, this is getting about close to that time, so we’re hopeful. We could use him.”

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