Lombardi: Cutler needs help
"If they are healthy and ready to go, we won't tell them no," Smith said. "But there are some other guys we feel comfortable playing. They are making progress."
Cutler has not played since a win over the San Diego Chargers on Nov. 20, when he broke his thumb trying to help make a tackle following a late interception. The Bears (7-8) have since unraveled with five straight losses and were officially eliminated from playoff contention with a 35-21 defeat at Green Bay on Sunday, a drastic fall for a team that appeared to be a postseason lock.
Smith would not elaborate if Cutler would be able to practice this week.
"I can't really go any further than that," Smith said. "That was part of the original plan, for him to take that next step as far as his rehab goes. He's right on schedule."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.