You might not care to acknowledge it since you hate Jay Cutler so passionately, but you need him this week. You need him badly.

Not because you intend to start him, because if you’re in a standard league (i.e. not a two-QB league) and you’re starting Cutler in the second last week of the regular season for many leagues, you have an unquenchable thirst for anguish. No, you need him because you own Brandon Marshall, and with Jason Campbell under center Monday night he was only targeted four times after averaging 11 targets per game prior to Week 11. In fairness, Campbell was running around like a chicken who had its head severed, grew another one, and had it maliciously bludgeoned too. Still, even that’s not a sufficient excuse for a decline of seven targets.

Breathe easy, friend, because Jason La Canfora would like to continue the generous spreading of holiday cheer.

In fact, La Canfora hauled out his heaping bag of Thanksgiving good tidings, and had all kinds of wondrous quarterback news:

Both Jay Cutler and Jason Campbell are beat up for the Bears and will be limited in practice Thursday, sources said. Chicago expects Cutler to start, while Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is expected back for Week 13 against Baltimore. Colin Kaepernick is scheduled start for the 49ers, according to sources, while Michael Vick continues to make progress in his return from a concussion.

While the Roethlisberger news is swell and it’s nice to have even more confirmation Re: Kaepernick, we’re focused on Cutler here since Marshall has a prime opportunity against a Minnesota secondary that’s fresh off a searing burn from Calvin Johnson in their last game, as Megatron had 13 catches for 207 yards. So this latest report from La Canfora after Cutler passed his concussion tests and was cleared to practice yesterday adds to the optimism, with Matt Forte owners drinking up that hope too.

With no passing game to speak of last week against the 49ers and also for much of Chicago’s Week 10 loss to Houston, Forte’s production suffered significantly. Over those two games he’s had just 102 rushing yards at a pace of 2.8 yards per carry.

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