Jay Cutler's absence was certainly felt by Chicago on Monday night. Most notably by Jason Campbell, who was sacked six times and spent the entire evening running for his life as the 49ers beat the Bears 32-7 in San Francisco.
But there's good news on the horizon, as it appears Cutler is tracking to return in Week 12 against the Vikings. He said Tuesday that he feels "good" and "about as normal as can be."
"Feel good. Feel good," Cutler told Waddle and Silvy on ESPN 1000 in Chicago. "About as normal as can be. We're going through the process. I met with [the doctors] on Monday morning. Got a few more hoops to jump through so we'll see how it goes this week."
Cutler's currently scheduled to meet with the media on Wednesday morning, something that at least indicates he'll be able to play in Week 12. Last week, Cutler didn't meet with the media following the concussion he sustained against Houston.
And according to Matt Abbatacola of CBS Radio 670 the Score in Chicago, Cutler will start on Sunday against Minnesota.
Jay Cutler will start Sunday against the Vikings— Matt Abbatacola (@MattAbbatacola) November 20, 2012
Cutler's had plenty of concussion issues in his past, and having a porous offensive line in front of him doesn't exactly help things. But he's not going to change the way he plays either, just because of the issues he's had.
"Going forward I'm going to play the same way I play," Cutler said. "I'm going to enjoy football and hopefully I don't get another concussion."
It became pretty clear during the six quarters that Campbell ran the Bears offense how different this team is without Cutler under center. Chicago has scored all of 10 points since Cutler left the Texans game with a concussion and Campbell has 201 passing yards in that time.
It's certainly not all his fault; few quarterbacks would've survived the onslaught from San Francisco on Monday night. But clearly having Cutler back is a big advantage for Chicago and one it looks like they'll have starting again in Week 12.
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