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Cutler out of hard cast; McClellin set to return

Updated: November 20, 2013 9:38PM



The Bears simply can’t shake that injury bug. Offense, defense and special teams all have been affected.

Offense

Quarterback Jay Cutler no longer requires a hard cast on his left foot for his high-ankle sprain, but the Bears remain cautious.

He’s wearing a small brace, coach Marc Trestman said.

Cutler, who said on his weekly radio show that there are concerns about ligaments in his ankle, was initially put in the cast for stability.

“He’s got the sprain, but there’s stability there, enough stability that they could take it off,” Trestman said.

“I’m going to stay on a week-to-week [basis with Cutler]. . . . I try not to put myself in a position where I get overly optimistic about these things.”

Right tackle Jordan Mills, meanwhile, was limited in practice Wednesday with a quadriceps injury.

Defense

Defensive end Shea McClellin is set to return from a hamstring injury, but defensive tackle Stephen Paea (turf toe) remained in a walking boot, and Trestman said he was “very questionable” for Sunday.

Nickel back Isaiah Frey fractured a bone in his hand and didn’t practice. Trestman, however, said “we’re really optimistic on his end” that he’ll be able to play with a cast.

Defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff (groin) has started to do more in practice — “It was good to see him out there moving around,” Trestman said — but he won’t play this week.

Special teams

Safety and special-teams ace Craig Steltz is going through the league’s concussion protocol after getting barreled over by Ravens fullback Kyle Juszczyk on a kickoff.

Long snapper Patrick Mannelly (calf) had full participation in practice after missing the last two weeks.



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