Lovie Smith gave mostly vague answers about Cutler. When asked if he expects his quarterback to practice Friday, the coach said, "Wait 'til tomorrow and see."
Smith also left open the possibility of Cutler playing without practicing this week, assuming he's cleared. But Smith wouldn't say if the Bears would hold out their quarterback even if the doctors gave the OK to play.
"I can't wait for us to get to the point where Jay is ready to play, and we'll make all those decisions then," Smith said. "First just (get him) ready to practice, and then we'll go to that next step."
The Bears crumbled after Cutler broke his right thumb in the 10th game last season, finishing at 8-8 after a 7-3 start, but they believe they have a solid backup this time in Campbell. He could be tested this week by one of the NFL's top defenses.
Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press