According to a report from Jason La Canfora of NFL Network, Bears’ starting quarterback Jay Cutler has been cleared by an independent neurologist to play against the Vikings on Sunday.
Cutler suffered a concussion in Week-10 against the Houston Texans, and missed a west coast tilt against the San Francisco 49ers that saw the Bears to 7-3 in an embarrassing 32-7 loss.
While Cutler was in practice all week on a limited basis, prior to Saturday he had not received clearance to participate in game action. The fact that Cutler waited until Saturday to get the clearance is not surprising. It’s likely that he and the Bears wanted to give him every bit of recovery time available before having the final examination.
Getting Cutler back against the Vikings was crucial for the Bears with potential playoff implications on the line, and also considering the success he’s had against Minnesota as of late. He is 5-1 against the Vikings through his career with an average passer rating of 100.8. His teams are 26-0 when he has a 100+ rating since entering the League.