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1.Jay Cutler (concussion) officially is questionable for the Chicago Bears, although coach Lovie Smith said things are looking good for the quarterback to start Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. Cutler first must pass a test with an independent neurologist Saturday. Wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey (knee) is out for the Bears after having surgery.
3. Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (questionable, ankle) practiced on a limited basis for a second consecutive day. He didn't practice all last week, so things are looking up for his availability. Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (ankle) is expected to return to the Falcons' lineup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
9. New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) will be ready to go against the Green Bay Packers despite barely practicing this week. He's probable. Safety Kenny Phillips (knee) and linebacker Keith Rivers (calf) are questionable. The Giants are about as healthy as they've been in a while. The bye week helped a great deal.
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15. Steelers wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery (ribs) is out this week. So are quarterbacks Byron Leftwich (ribs) and Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder), as expected. Safety Troy Polamalu (calf) returned to practice Friday, but he is doubtful to play against the Browns. Steelers running back Isaac Redman will play after passing all of his post-concussion tests after a hard hit in last Sunday's loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
16. San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh doesn't want to declare his starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints, and he doesn't have to. Multiple reports indicate Colin Kaepernick will get the call. Niners safety Donte Whitner said it would be Kaepernick on the "Dan Patrick Show." Smith was seen in a non-contact jersey at practice Friday, but he's expected to be cleared for the game after taking tests Saturday. He should be Kaepernick's backup.
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