---Reports from Chicago on Thanksgiving Day indicated that quarterback Jay Cutler will start Sunday against Minnesota and that right tackle Gabe Carimi has been benched.
According to CBSSports.com, Cutler was limited in practice Thursday but has met the concussion protocol and, barring setbacks, should be able to play against the Vikings. Backup Jason Campbell, who started Monday night against San Francisco, also was slowed by various injuries.
Meanwhile, guard Chilo Rachal returned to the Bears on Thursday, one day after quitting the team following a demotion, according to a Chicago Tribune report. He had been placed him on the reserve/left team list.
Carimi confirmed the team's decision to bench him, CBSSports.com reported. Jonathan Scott is expected to take his place and Chris Spencer will replace Rachal on the Bears' maligned offensive line.
Rachal officially had five days to return to the team after leaving Wednesday. The paper reported that Rachal's emotional state was "very bad."
---Rookie Nick Foles is preparing to be the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night against Carolina.
Foles will be making his second consecutive start, a source told the NFL Network, in place of Michael Vick, who is recovering from concussion,
Various reports have said that Vick is slowly recovering from the head injury. Eagles coach Andy Reid told reporters that Vick is working his way through the NFL's concussion protocol toward phase two.
Foles completed 21 of 46 passes for 204 yards and two interceptions in his first start last Sunday in a loss to Washington.
---While Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger recovers from a shoulder injury, he and his wife welcomed a son.
Roethlisberger announced the news on his website Thursday.
His wife Ashley gave birth to Benjamin Jr., the couple's first child, at 10:06 p.m. Wednesday evening. He weighed 7 lbs. and 1 oz.
"We want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers," Roethlisberger posted. "It really means a lot to us. God is so good!"
---Houston Texans linebacker Brooks Reed was knocked out of Thursday's game against Detroit with a groin injury in the first quarter.
Reed, who has 2 1/2 sacks this season, was taken to the locker room on a cart and didn't return to the game.
The second-year pro joined teammates Tim Dobbins and Johnathan Joseph on the sideline. Dobbins, a linebacker, was inactive because of a shoulder injury and Joseph, a cornerback, had a strained hamstring.
---Wide receiver Pierre Garcon and linebacker London Fletcher were available to play Thursday for the Washington Redskins against the Dallas Cowboys.
Fletcher had been hampered by a sprained left ankle that occurred last Sunday in a win over Philadelphia. Going into the game, he was tied with Tampa Bay's Ronde Barber for the longest active streak of consecutive games played at 234. In his 15-year career, Fletcher has not missed a game.
A toe injury has limited Garcon to four games this season. He returned last week and had three catches for only 5 yards.
---The New York Jets signed cornerbacks Donnie Fletcher and Darrin Walls and wide receiver Jordan White from the practice squad on Thursday.
Walls had one interception in five games as a rookie in 2011 with Atlanta. The Falcons waived him during the preseason in August and he was signed to the Jets' practice squad.
White was a 2012 seventh-round draft pick out of Western Michigan. Fletcher signed with the Jets earlier this year as an undrafted free agent out from Boston College.