As expected the Chicago Bears announced that starting quarterback Jay Cutler will not play on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks because of his sore hamstring. Cutler hasn't practiced all week, but he was acting as a de facto coach by helping back up Jimmy Clausen prepare for the dangerous Seahawk D.
Also ruled out is wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, who will be missing his 2nd consecutive game with a sore hamstring. Jeffery is also battling an illness and will not even make the trip to Seattle today.
Wide receiver Eddie Royal (back, hip), outside linebacker Pernell McPhee (knee), corner Tracy Porter (hamstring) and defensive lineman Ego Ferguson (knee) are all listed as questionable (50% chance to play) for the Bears.
Running back Matt Forte (knee), guard Matt Slauson (thigh/toe) and wide out Marquess Wilson (shoulder) are all listed as probable (75% chance to play).
Inside linebacker Jon Bostic (ankle), who has yet to play this season, is doubtful (25% chance to play).
The Bears also announced that defensive lineman Mitch Unrein has been officially signed. To make room on the 53 man roster, the Bears released defensive end Lavar Edwards.
For the Seahawks, safety Kam Chancellor, who finally reported this week, says he expects to play on Sunday. Seattle head coach Pete Carroll has been impressed with Chancellor this week in practice.
"He's looked like he's in just rare form," Carroll told KIRO Radio's Dori Monson. "He's been working out really hard, he's really lean, and ready to go. He was anticipating coming back with the thought that he worked out really hard to get here, so he looked great both days - the hard days of the week (Wednesday and Thursday). So he looks like he's going to be able to play some football, and we're looking forward to that."
Seattle has until Saturday at 3:25 Central to activate Chancellor for the game on Sunday, and Carroll said "That's the plan."
The Seahawks may be without one key component to their offense, as Marshawn Lynch (questionable) will be a game time decision with a calf injury. Tight end Luke Willson (back) is also listed as questionable. Neither player practiced om Friday.
Seattle lists 5 players as probable (75% chance to play), OLB Mike Morgan (hamstring), MLB Bobby Wagner (ankle), CB Cary Williams (thigh), QB Tarvaris Jackson (ankle) and DE Michael Bennett (toe).
Back up corner Tharold Simon and back up safety Steven Terrell are ruled out.