"He's making progress," Bears coach Lovie Smith said Thursday. "All we know right now is he's not playing this week. Hopefully, he'll be ready to go next week."
Cutler was examined by team and independent doctors after practicing on a limited basis Wednesday, and the decision was made to have him sit this week.
Cutler went through another limited practice Thursday and declined comment afterward. He's also expected to practice again Friday and have his status re-evaluated next week.
Veteran Todd Collins, who took over to begin the second half against the Giants and left with a stinger, will make his first NFL start in three years.
"I'm pretty comfortable," Collins said. "The best way to provide leadership, I think, is to go out there and perform well. That's the job as the quarterback, to move the ball and score points. That's what I'm going to try to do to help lead the team."
Collins said Smith told him late Thursday morning that he would start -- news that he expected.
"Jay went down with a concussion, and usually with concussions, they want you to come back fully ready before you get on the field again," Collins said.
This will be the first time that Cutler has missed a start because of injury. He had made 57 in a row since the Denver Broncos turned to him as a rookie in 2006, but he'll watch this weekend after a brutal performance against the Giants wiped out much of the goodwill created by the Bears' 3-0 start.
"I'm not going to sit here and say it doesn't hurt," wide receiver Devin Hester said. "It does hurt."
Cutler got up and took a few steps toward the wrong sideline before correcting himself.
Soon after, Cutler had what appeared to be a dazed look when television cameras showed him sitting on the sideline, and his decision-making was questionable at best. Cutler held onto the ball too long at times and didn't see open receivers, and he wound up taking hit after hit.
If he's worried about taking a beating, Collins wouldn't say.
"If you're thinking about the protection and the offensive line, you know I've got better things to worry about than that because you simply can't control it," he said. "You've got to let those guys do their job, and I'm going to try to do mine and get the ball to the playmakers."
"I've been around for awhile," Collins said. "It's a team game, but I look forward to going out there and doing my part, contribute to a victory."
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