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Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler still isn't sure whether he'll be cleared to start this week but he got the go ahead to participate in Thursday's practice.

Cutler says he's feeling no ill effects from a concussion. But practice participation isn't a guarantee he'll play in Sunday's NFC North matchup against the Vikings. Last week, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith was cleared for non-contact participation in practice but two days later wasn't permitted to play in Monday's victory over the Bears because of his own concussion.

Cutler missed the 32-7 loss at San Francisco after he suffered a head injury in the Bears' previous game against Houston.

On whether he'll return to the lineup this week against Minnesota, Cutler told reporters Wednesday, "I don't know. We'll see."

He was not made available to reports last week at Halas Hall for his usual Wednesday session with the media. That he was allowed to do so this week could be taken as a positive sign in the right direction for Cutler.

The team did not practice Wednesday. Cutler will be on the field Thursday, but whether he starts against the Vikings won't be determined yet.

"I got to see some more doctors," he said. "You got to go on the field. And really it's a personal thing, to make sure you're OK," Cutler said.

Backup Jason Campbell started in Cutler's place against the 49ers and was ineffective.
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