According to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora and Chicago Sun-Times Bears beat writer Sean Jensen, Jay Cutler (concussion) was cleared by an independent neurologist to play in the Bears' game Sunday against the Vikings at Soldier Field:
Jay Cutler passing all concussion protocols, will start Sunday for the Bears against the Vikings.
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) November 24, 2012
I'm told by two sources that #Bears QB Jay Cutler has been cleared by an independent neurologist. @jasonlacanfora reported that first.
— Sean Jensen (@seankjensen) November 24, 2012
So, finally, some GREAT news for the Bears, in what's been a disastrous week. The Bears absolutely need Cutler to be playing if they want any hopes of making the playoffs.
As I wrote earlier in the week, "Right now, there's not a single game I'd pick the Bears to win the rest of the season with (Jason) Campbell as the starting quarterback behind this offensive line."
And as Rotoworld wrote about Cutler today, "he is one of the more undervalued players in the league. His return bodes well for the entire offense's outlook."
Cutler's had plenty of success against the Vikings in the past, putting together a 5-1 record with 15 touchdown passes, 6 interceptions, and a quarterback rating of 100.8. The 15 touchdown passes are the most he's thrown against any team (stats and information via @ZachZaidman).
Vikings WR Percy Harvin has officially been ruled out for the game
While Cutler has been cleared to play in Sunday's game, Vikings star wide receiver Percy Harvin has been ruled out for the game:
WR Percy Harvin will be downgraded to "out" and will not travel with team to Chicago.#VikingsHarvin is far and away the Vikings' best receiver and kick returner, and arguably the most explosive player in the entire league. He lines up all over the offense (even in the backfield on occasion), and really opens up what they're able to do. Without him, the Vikings' offense is even more dependent on Adrian Peterson to carry the load. So, his absence is a big, big break for the Bears.
— Minnesota Vikings (@VikingsFootball) November 24, 2012
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