To the surprise of no one, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler did not practice today after suffering a concussion Sunday night against the Texans.
QB Jay Cutler was not on the practice field at all Thursday as Jason Campbell handled first-team snaps.
— Bears RapidReports (@CBSBears) November 15, 2012
Cutler, who usually addresses the media on a Wednesday during a standard week, did not address the media today, even after the Bears changed the schedule. They instead had two defensive players talk today (Urlacher and Melton) with Cutler and Brandon Marshall – the usual suspects on the offensive side – expected to talk with media tomorrow. The Bears, however, failed to officially announce who would speak Friday, leaving many wondering the status of Cutler for their Monday night matchup against the San Francisco 49ers.
Coach Lovie Smith had this small update after practice:
“There is not a whole lot I can say. He is getting better”
If Cutler can’t go, Jason Campbell will assume the starter’s role against a tough 49ers defense. San Francisco ranks third overall in the league allowing only 292.1 yards per game, but more importantly, rank second in the NFL allowing 209.9 yards per game in the air. No Cutler will make the Bears one-dimensional, so if the 49ers can stop the run, Campbell will likely throw the ball more than coach Lovie Smith would like. In his career, Campbell has thrown 50 interceptions in 75 games.
Last week, Campbell completed 11 passes in 19 attempts for 94 yards, with 45 of those coming on a long-bomb to Marshall.