Bears QB Jay Cutler practices again, says he's 'day-to-day'


Bears QB Jay Cutler practices again, says he's 'day-to-day'

Every Thursday the Bears typically make the next-game’s starting quarterback available via press conference. Thursday it was Jay Cutler, in full uniform, including football cleats instead of CrossFits or other non-NFL footwear and giving no clues as to the state of the hamstring he injured chasing an Arizona Cardinal two weeks ago.

Whether that points to Cutler starting Sunday against the Oakland Raiders remains pure speculation, with the quarterback practicing on a limited basis and Jimmy Clausen working with backup receivers after practice, hinting that Cutler may have gotten a significant amount of starter reps during practice.

“I think we’re doing well,” Cutler said. “We’ll see how it goes. We’ve still got a couple of days. We’re not where we want to be yet.”

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Had the game with Oakland been Thursday, would Cutler have been able to play? “Maybe,” he said, smiling.

The injury occurred when Cutler attempted to make a tackle after Cardinals defensive back Tony Jefferson intercepted him and was on his way to the Bears end zone.

Given that Cutler’s 2011 season was cut short by a thumb injury in the identical situation, next time there’s an interception, “I’m just going to lay down,” he joked.

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The status of his return, however, is no joke, if only because attempting to come back from a hamstring pull before properly healing can make the injury exponentially worse.

One report had Cutler missing at least two weeks, an estimate coach John Fox ridiculed.

“Everybody’s different,” Fox said. “That’s why I don’t like putting timetables on things.”

Bears vs. Vikings, Week 11: How to watch, listen and stream


Bears vs. Vikings, Week 11: How to watch, listen and stream

First place in the NFC North is at stake tonight as the Bears host a Minnesota Vikings team coming off of their bye week. Chicago is looking to establish itself as a legitimate contender with a key divisional win.

Here’s how you can tune in to the game.

Game Information

Minnesota Vikings (5-3-1) at Chicago Bears (6-3)

7:20 p.m. CT, Sunday, Nov. 18

Soldier Field, Chicago


Sunday Night Football on NBC

Announcers: Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth


Stream on NBC Sports

Football Aftershow on NBC Sports Chicago


WBBM 780 (Chicago)

Satellite Radio

National broadcast: XM 88
Bears feed: XM 225
Vikings feed: XM 226

Coverage on NBC Sports Chicago

“The Warm Up” — 15 minutes prior to every Bears game this season, host Laurence Holmes, along with analysts Lance Briggs, Alex Brown, Matt Forte, will hold a special Facebook Live segment on NBC Sports Chicago’s official Facebook page — offering a game day preview featuring their expert commentary and predictions. 

Plus - Bears fans will have also an opportunity to have their questions answered by submitting their game day inquiries via the “comments” section on the live stream.

“3rd Quarter Sidecast” — At the start of the third quarter of every Bears game this season, fans will also be able to interact with the Football Aftershow crew via Facebook Live ( as they watch and react to the first few series of the second half.

In addition, the “3rd Quarter Sidecast” will also feature more fan interaction as fans can post their thoughts and ask their questions to Briggs, Brown, and Forte.

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of the Bears and stream the ‘Football Aftershow’ easily on your device.

Bears and Vikings have history of exciting matchups


Bears and Vikings have history of exciting matchups

The national spotlight will be on the Bears tonight as they host the Minnesota Vikings on NBC, and the primetime audience should be in for tightly contested matchup.

These two teams have a history of those.

Last year, Mitchell Trubisky made his first-career start in a similar situation under the lights at Soldier Field, but his late interception set the Vikings up with the game-winning field goal with 12 seconds left for a 20-17 victory.

The year before, Jay Cutler led the 1-6 Bears to a major upset over the 5-1 Vikings, also in primetime. It was Cutler’s first game back from injury, and he threw for 252 yards and a touchdown while Jordan Howard added 153 on the ground to win 20-10.

Back in December of 2013, Josh McCown threw for over 350 yards to lead Marc Trestman’s Bears to overtime against Matt Cassell and Minnesota. But Adrian Peterson’s 211 rushing yards proved to be too much as Blair Walsh hit the winning field goal in the extra period.

Chicago has had its share of game-winners against the Vikings too, like wide receiver Devin Aromashodu’s 39-yard touchdown pass from Jay Cutler back in 2009, one of his seven catches for 150 yards in the 36-30 overtime victory over Brett Favre.

The division rivals have met in the playoffs once in their 114 matchups, a 35-18 win for our own Dave Wannstedt. Steve Walsh connected with Jeff Graham for four catches and 108 yards to knock off Warren Moon and Cris Carter in the wildcard round.

This season’s Week 11 matchup could have its own playoff implications as the winner will sit in first place in the NFC North and take a potential head-to-head tiebreaker.

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of the Bears and stream the ‘Football Aftershow’ easily on your device.