Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is still recovering from a concussion he suffered during the team's Week 10 loss to the Houston Texans, but the fiery QB was cleared to practice on Thursday and Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports is reporting that Chicago expects Cutler to start in Week 12 against the Minnesota Vikings.
Cutler engaged in limited participation with the first-team offense during practice on Thursday, but he still must be examined and cleared by an independent neurologist before he can suit up on Sunday. The Bears' season could be at the tipping point, which makes Cutler's status a huge storyline this week. The Bears have lost two straight games, and now they are behind the Green Bay Packers in the division standings. If they lose to the Vikings, they will drop to third place in the NFC North, by virtue of NFL tiebreaker rules.
Backup quarterback Jason Campbell (ribs) is also listed on the injury report. He has managed only limited participation in practice as well, and his mediocre performance through two games -- 26 for 42, 201 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions -- hasn't exactly inspired the confidence of Bears faithful.
The Vikings and Bears are set to kick off at Soldier Field on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on FOX.