8:06 PM CST, November 24, 2012
Jay Cutler reportedly will start for the Chicago Bears on Sunday after missing one game with a concussion.
A source confirmed to the Tribune on Saturday evening that Cutler passed all of his concussion tests and has been cleared to start against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported the information earlier.
Cutler was scheduled to see an independent neurologist Saturday to get final clearance.
A club spokesman said the Bears would not reveal the results of Cutler’s doctor visit on Saturday but all indications were Cutler would be given the green light to return. The Bears prepared in practice on Thursday and Friday as if Cutler would be the starter.
"Feel good. Feel good," Cutler said earlier this week. "About as normal as can be. We're going through the process. I met with (the doctors) on Monday morning. Got a few more hoops to jump through, so we'll see how it goes this week."
He was listed as questionable on the team's injury report Friday.
The Bears are 7-3 and locked in a tie atop the NFC North with the Green Bay Packers. The Vikings (6-4) are just one game back making it a critical meeting.