Updated: November 24th, 2012 1:30pm
Bears QB Jay Cutler passes concussion tests, will start against Vikings

Bears QB Jay Cutler passes concussion tests, will start against Vikings

by Judd Zulgad
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It appears the Minnesota Vikings won't be able to avoid facing Jay Cutler on Sunday at Soldier Field.

The Chicago Bears quarterback has passed all concussion protocols and will start against the Vikings, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS.

Cutler did not play last Monday night in the Bears' 32-7 loss at San Francisco after suffering a concussion on an illegal hit from Houston Texans linebacker Tim Dobbins the previous Sunday.

Veteran backup Jason Campbell replaced Cutler against the 49ers and completed 14 of 22 passes for 107 yards with a touchdown. He also threw two interceptions and fumbled twice, one leading to a safety.

Cutler was limited in the Bears' practices on Thursday and Friday and also continued to undergo evaluation to pass tests that would enable him to play on Sunday. He was listed as questionable on the Bears' injury report Friday.

The Bears and Green Bay Packers are both 7-3 and one game in front of the Vikings in the NFC North.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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