NFL Roundup: Cutler reclaims Bears' QB job
Jay Cutler is back as the starting quarterback of the Chicago Bears.
Cutler was a full practice participant on Thursday, the final hurdle before he was cleared by the medical staff and coach Marc Trestman. Cutler suffered a high ankle sprain on Nov. 10 against the Detroit Lions during a game in which he was coming back from a muscle tear.
Trestman said Cutler was able to take every first-team rep with the offense during the practice session in preparation for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns. The coaching staff was put at ease by Cutler's movement and performance on the field.
"I have no concerns," Trestman said about a possible rust factor.
There is no rift between backup Josh McCown and Cutler, Trestman stressed.
"There's not a debate in this building," Cutler said.
-- Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers did more in Thursday's practice than the day before, but coach Mike McCarthy said there was no change in his status on the injury report entering Sunday's game at Dallas.
Rodgers, out since Nov. 4 with a fractured collarbone, is evaluated Wednesday and Friday and will meet with team doctors on Friday morning along with running back Eddie Lacy, whose status is up in the air after missing practice all week.
Rodgers has not yet been cleared medically. Lacy could practice Friday.
---Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan met the decision to bench quarterback Robert Griffin III with strong disagreement.
"I made it clear I was disappointed," Shanahan said Thursday at a press conference.
Shanahan said he wants the best players on the field, including his starting quarterback.
"I don't want to change anything. I don't like losing," he said.
Head coach Mike Shanahan, Kyle's father, announced the Redskins would shut down Griffin in the name of preservation. Griffin has had two ACL surgeries since his second year at Baylor, and Mike Shanahan said the benefit of a full offseason -- one devoid of rehab -- was the best thing for Griffin's future.
--Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush said he will return to practice on Friday and be ready to play Monday night against the Baltimore Ravens.
Bush injured his calf just before last week's game against the Philadelphia Eagles and went back to the locker room to try to warm up, but wound up not playing. Bush did not return to practice with the rest of his teammates Thursday.
"It was more precautionary," Bush said after practice. "That's really all I can tell you."
--New England Patriots starting left tackle Nate Solder was on the practice field Thursday after sitting out Wednesday's session with a concussion.
Solder suffered a concussion in last weekend's victory over the Cleveland Browns and missed Wednesday's practice while going through the league's concussion protocol
If Solder can't play on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, the team may be forced to move veteran Will Svitek into his place on the left side of the line. Svitek has been starting in place of Marcus Cannon at right tackle because of an ankle injury, but Cannon has practiced both days this week.
--The Cincinnati Bengals promoted cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris from their practice squad with cornerback Terence Newman expected to miss 1-3 weeks with an MCL sprain in his left knee.
Dre Kirkpatrick is likely to get his first NFL start against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Kirkpatrick has played well the past three games and has a sack and interception in that span.
Newman injured his knee during the second half of last week's 42-28 win over the Indianapolis Colts but should be ready to return for the playoffs.