Jay Cutler limited in practice — and after injuries
BY MARK POTASH firstname.lastname@example.org November 22, 2012 8:42PM
Updated: December 24, 2012 7:26AM
Quarterback Jay Cutler took another step toward starting against the Vikings on Sunday at Soldier Field when he practiced on a limited basis Thursday.
But that’s not the only issue he faces in returning from a concussion that forced him to miss the Monday night game against the 49ers. Cutler has a history of slow starts after injuries.
After missing a game with a concussion in 2010, he was 1-for-5 for 13 yards in the first quarter against the Seahawks at Soldier Field, an eventual 23-20 loss.
After suffering bruised ribs against the Lions this season, he was 4-for-9 for 40 yards and an interception and was sacked six times in the first half of a 23-22 victory over the Panthers.
How long does it take to get into a regular rhythm after missing a game?
‘‘One day,’’ Cutler said.
Wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who suffered a shoulder injury against the 49ers, also practiced on a limited basis. Quarterback Jason Campbell (ribs) and defensive tackles Stephen Paea (shoulder) and Matt Toeaina (calf) were limited, too.
Defensive end Shea McClellin, also recuperating from a concussion, had full participation and is expected to play against the Vikings.
For the Vikings, wide receiver Percy Harvin (ankle), who didn’t play against the Lions on Nov. 11, didn’t practice. Guard Charlie Johnson (toe) also didn’t practice.
Nickelback Kelvin Hayden was one of several Bears victimized by the 49ers in the 32-7 rout. Hayden, who replaced D.J. Moore as the nickelback, was burned on a 57-yard pass from Colin Kaepernick to Kyle Williams that included 24 yards after the catch. It was the longest play allowed by the Bears this season.
‘‘It was just a play where one bad step will cost you, and it cost me,’’ Hayden said. ‘‘It was just one bad play. Hopefully, I learn from it. I think I have.’’
Hayden said he played well otherwise, but that was of little consolation.