Starting quarterback Jay Cutler was back at practice today for the Chicago Bears along with his #1 wide out Alshon Jeffery. Just like yesterday, both were limited with their respective hamstring injuries, but being on the practice field for two consecutive days without a setback is positive news.
Cutler was in good spirits with the media after practice, even joking around about his game status, "Am I playing this week or not? What's the report this week? I'm out, right? So I'm out." Cutler added that his recovery timetable was "day to day," and when asked if he could play today, Cutler responded with a "maybe."
The Bears' sputtering offense could use both Cutler and Jeffery, as they attempt to bounce back from their 10 punt afternoon in Seattle. If Cutler can't go, it'll be Jimmy Clausen making his 2nd consecutive start this Sunday agaisnt the Oakland Raiders.
Clausen has never thrown for more than 195 yards in any professional game, and he has averaged a pedestrian 141.3 yards per game in his 12 career starts. But perhaps even Clausen could throw the ball effectively against a Raiders defense that ranks dead last in total yards allowed (414.7) and 30th in passing yards allowed (323.0).
Other Bears that were limited at practice today were punter Pat O'Donnell (knee), cornerback Alan Ball (groin), and defensive linemen Jeremiah Ratliff (ankle), Will Sutton (elbow) and Ego Ferguson (knee). O'Donnell sat out yesterday, and the Bears worked out a couple punters today as a precaution. Brad Biggs reported that the players put through a workout were punters Spencer Lanning and Steve Weatherford, and longsnapper Patrick Scales.
Ball's groin injury is a new development today, as he was a full practice participant yesterday.
Starting right tackle Kyle Long, who has played with a protective club on his right hand the last two weeks, told reporters that his hand is fine and the club is no longer needed.
Starting left tackle Jermon Bushrod (concussion/shoulder) was the only Bear that was held out of practice.