The NFL Network is reporting that Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is scheduled to start against Seattle on Sunday, two weeks after suffering a concussion.
The Bears refused to confirm Tuesday’s report by the NFL Network, which cited a league source it did not identify.
Cutler has been cleared to practice fully today after missing last week’s game against the Carolina Panthers, the NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora reported Tuesday. Barring a setback, he will start against Seattle.
Cutler was injured during a loss to the New York Giants.
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Coach Lovie Smith said Monday he was “hopeful” that Cutler would be able to play. Bears spokesman Scott Hagel said the quarterback situation will be discussed today.
The Bears beat Carolina last weekend, but backup Todd Collins threw four interceptions before getting benched for Caleb Hanie.
MORE FAVRE AFFAIR
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said there was no timetable for wrapping up an investigation of an Internet report that Vikings quarterback Brett Favre sent racy text messages and lewd photos to a former New York Jets game hostess.
“We’re just looking for facts now,” Goodell said at the NFL owners meeting. “I am going to deal with it as we get the facts.”
He said he had no plans to meet with Favre, “but if it is something that would help us get to a conclusion and it is warranted, I will do so.”
JULIUS JONES TO SAINTS
Hoping to boost a running game that ranks 31st in the NFL through five games, the New Orleans Saints signed former Seattle running back Julius Jones and released 46-year-old kicker John Carney.
Carney signed with the Saints in late September to fill in for struggling kicker Garrett Hartley – who was inactive the past two weeks but now is poised to reclaim the job with Carney’s departure. Carney made five of six field goal attempts in two games, missing the final one – from 29 yards out – late in the third quarter of the Saints’ 30-20 loss at Arizona on Sunday.
Jones was the Seahawks’ leading rusher the past two seasons, gaining 663 yards last season and 698 yards in 2008.
GRIFFIN DONE, AGAIN
The Minnesota Vikings were impressed by the way Cedric Griffin came back swiftly and strongly eight months after major knee surgery.
Now he’s going to have to start the arduous rehab all over again – on the other leg.
The Vikings have lost their starting cornerback for the rest of the season to another significant knee injury, coach Brad Childress confirmed. Griffin hurt his right knee early in the fourth quarter Monday night against the New York Jets, and he won’t return in 2010.
Griffin tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee last January in the NFC championship game and worked his way back to lineup for Week 3, but now his season is over after just two games.
NFL TO REVIEW RULE
Calvin Johnson’s no-catch just might become a catch in the future.
The NFL expects to review the rule that cost the Lions’ star receiver a potential winning touchdown in a season-opening loss to Chicago. After Johnson went to the turf with possession, the ball slipped out of his right hand.
It was ruled incomplete because Johnson didn’t maintain possession of the ball throughout the entire process of the catch.