After suffering a concussion in a loss to the Houston Texans on Sunday Night Football, Chicago Bears' quarterback Jay Cutler was held out of the team's first practice of the week on Thursday.
Cutler joined Bears' defensive end Shea McClellin as one of two players held out of action on Thursday, specifically for a concussion, and continues to remain questionable for Chicago's pivotal Week 11 game against the San Francisco 49ers. Bears' coach Lovie Smith did not sound optimistic that he would have his veteran quarterback on the field however, but still told Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com that Cutler "is getting better" from the injury.
"Don't know if he'll be able to go," Smith said.
The Bears gave backup Jason Campbell all of the first-team reps in practice on Thursday, and it's becoming more likely that the former first-round pick out of Auburn will be thrust into action come Monday. Cutler could still make a surprise return if he happens to get on the practice field on Friday in a limited capacity, although the chances of that happening look slim at best right now.