Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (concussion) was limited in practice again on Friday, and will be evaluated by an independent neurologist on Saturday in hopes of getting clearance to play vs. the Vikings on Sunday at Soldier Field.

Officially, Cutler is listed as "questionable" for the game, and Lovie Smith sounds optimistic about Cutler's chances of getting medically cleared:


Devin Hester and Matt Forte were impressed by Cutler in practice and are optimistic about his chances of getting cleared as well (although, to my knowledge, nearly of these guys serve as neurologists in the offseason):


So, keep your fingers crossed for Cutler getting cleared tomorrow by the neurologist. We may not know until Sunday morning if he's been cleared, as the Bears don't have to announce whether or not he'll play until 90 minutes before kickoff (12:00 PM CT). And the Bears may indeed take all that time to wait for the announcement, to keep the Vikings guessing.

Like Cutler, Bears rookie defensive end Shea McClellin suffered a concussion in the Bears' week 10 loss vs. the Texans, and the Bears announced on Friday that he has been cleared to play vs. the Vikings. Good news for the Bears and their 2012 first round pick.

In other Bears injury news, tight end Kellen Davis is "questionable" with an ankle injury, and you won't hear any Bears fans voice displeasure on the possibility of him missing Sunday's game. Way too many drops, and overall, an extremely disappointing season from the Bears' tight end. Still, if he could get it together (or at least improve at all), that would be a major boost to the Bears' passing game, particularly in the red zone (and especially with Alshon Jeffery out two+ games).

For the Vikings, they're likely to be without one of their top three players, as wide receiver Percy Harvin is listed as "doubtful" with an ankle injury. Harvin is by far the Vikings' best receiver, and one of the best kick returners in the NFL, so the Bears catch a big break that he'll likely be inactive. Rookie Jairus Wright would replace Harvin as the slot receiver, with Michael Jenkins and Jerome Simpson lined up on the outside. Add in a conservative quarterback in Christian Ponder, and it's hard to see the Vikings' passing offense producing many big plays in this game. The focus of the Bears' defense will certainly be to slow down Adrian Peterson and the Vikings' running game, which is no easy task.

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