The Bears received a double dose of good news Saturday afternoon.
First, it was reported Jay Cutler has been cleared to play and will start Sunday against Minnesota. Then, the Vikings declared wide receiver Percy Harvin out for this weekend's game:
WR Percy Harvin will be downgraded to "out" and will not travel with team to Chicago.Vikings
Minnesota Vikings (@VikingsFootball) November 24, 2012
Harvin has been Mr. Everything for the Vikings this season, racking up 62 catches for 677 yards, 574 kick return yards and 96 rushing yards on 22 carries. He's also scored five TDs (three receiving, one return, one rushing).
The 24-year-old was off to such a hot start that he was actually being discussed as an option for the NFL MVP, but injured his ankle on Nov. 4 and hasn't practiced or played since.
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.