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Jay Cutler Injury Update: Source says Bears optimistic he'll play versus Raiders

John Fox does not believe in over-sharing with his team's injury reports, but a source had told Adam Schefter that the Bears are optimistic Jay Cutler will be back in action this week.

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Regardless of what his approval rating would be with Chicago Bears fans, one thing is for absolute certain: Jay Cutler is the best quarterback on this roster, and without him it will be very difficult to win any football games.  And it will stay that way as long as the current roster remains the same.

With that said, according to Adam Schefter, the Bears are optimistic Cutler will be able to play this week versus the Raiders.  Cutler has been out since September 20th, when he injured his hamstring trying to make a tackle on a late 2nd-quarter interception versus the Arizona Cardinals.

Cutler was restricted this week during practice, but split starting duties with backup Jimmy Clausen.

A few beat writers on hand last week in Seattle thought Cutler looked good during pregame warmups, but the decision was made to hold him out another game.  A hamstring is tricky injury, so if he didn't go you can bet there was still something there that was a red flag for the team.

If Cutler does return, he will be without his top wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, who is still nursing a calf and hamstring injury of his own.

Stay tuned...