Cutler vs. Vikings? Still not cleared; Thursday practice looms as key indicator

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Cutler vs. Vikings? Still not cleared; Thursday practice looms as key indicator

Offensive coordinator Mike Tice didnt mean it the way it came out but he was perhaps speaking for much of BearNation on Wednesday in the matter of whether quarterback Jay Cutler would be back from his concussion and able to play Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.

God, I hope so, I do, I really do, Tice said, then quickly added, nothing against Jason Campbell. Jason did a remarkable job based on the opportunities he was afforded. But it would be great to get our guy back.

Whether the Bears do formally get their Cutler guy back will have to wait pending the outcomes of tests and his condition after the Bears first practice of the week on Thursday. Coach Lovie Smith told Campbell last Tuesday that he was starting against the San Francisco 49ers whether Cutler passed any of the tests or protocols associated with concussions.

Cutler said on Wednesday that he was not having any concussion symptoms. But as far as a definitive on whether he would play?

I dont know, he said. Well see.

Cutler and rookie defensive end Shea McClellin, also out of the 49ers game with lingering concussion issues, have been cleared to practice only on a limited basis, coach Lovie Smith said. They need to be cleared by an independent neurologist before they are available to play in a game.

Despite missing last Sundays game and one in 2010 from a concussion, Cutler was firmly against establishing a mandatory one-game moratorium on playing after a concussion.

No. No. Not at all, Cutler said. Every persons different, every hits different. I dont think you can give a blanket protocol of a week off. I think its not fair to the players.

Getting engaged and having a child has altered some of his perspectives but not all.

I think everyones perspectives change because theres just more awareness, more out there, more information, Cutler said. Its not going to change the way I play football, my desire to return to the field by any means.

Honda Road Ahead: Blackhawks look to get back on track to close regular season

Honda Road Ahead: Blackhawks look to get back on track to close regular season

Pat Boyle and Steve Konroyd break down the Blackhawks' upcoming schedule in the latest edition of the Blackhawks Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland and NW Indiana Honda dealers.

There are less than two weeks left in the NHL regular season and teams are jockeying for playoff seeding.

The Blackhawks have the best record in the Western Conference with 103 points. The Blackhawks' next two opponents, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Columbus Blue Jackets, also have 103 points. Washington leads the league with 106 points.

Wednesday the Hawks will travel to Pittsburgh. Two days later they host the Blue Jackets.

After that, the Blackhawks take on the Boston Bruins on Sunday. Boston is in line for one of the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.

"There's no easy games from here on out." Konroyd said in the video. "Even teams on the outside, looking in are playing for contracts next year."

Watch the video above to see Boyle and Konroyd discuss the upcoming matchups for the Blackhawks.

Fast Break Morning Update: Blackhawks lose to Lightning in OT

Fast Break Morning Update: Blackhawks lose to Lightning in OT

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White Sox agree to trade outfielder Peter Bourjos

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Derek Holland ends spring on strong note as White Sox down Dodgers

Ex-Bear Brandon Marshall an early favorite at NFL owners meetings

Increased velocity has improved Anthony Swarzak's chances of making White Sox bullpen

Cubs will have Ian Happ one phone call away at Triple-A Iowa