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Bears QB Jay Cutler fully participates in practice on Thursday

A trainer tends Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) after Cutler was sacked first half an NFL football game against

A trainer tends to Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) after Cutler was sacked in the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Chicago, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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Maybe Jay Cutler is really tough or his ribs aren’t as bruised and battered as first thought. Either way, it was a good sign that the Bears quarterback fully participated in practice on Thursday.

And it was a full practice for the Bears.

Cutler said Wednesday during his weekly press conference that he thought his ribs would be fine and “cleared up” by Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers.

“I feel good, [but] sore,” Cutler said two days after getting yanked to the ground by his arm by Detroit Lions brute Ndamukong Suh and landing awkwardly on the football.

On Wednesday, the Bears’ injury report indicated that Cutler would have likely been limited in practice had there been one to partake in for him.

Cutler said he doesn’t plan on changing his usual equipment to protect his ribs.

“I’ll wear the same things I always wear,” he said. “I’ve always played with some rib pads, so I’ll continue to wear those.”

Cutler did say he considers himself lucky that he didn’t get hurt worse than he did on Monday night. He was hurt in the second quarter, but returned for the second half.

“It was awkward,” Cutler said. “I kind of got bent over his knee a little bit. Just one of those [where] you want to try and stay away from those as much as possible.”

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