Cutler not certain to return Sunday

With Jay Cutler out, the Bears got clobbered by the 49ers for their second straight loss.
With Jay Cutler out, the Bears got clobbered by the 49ers for their second straight loss. (NAM Y. HUH / AP)
Posted: November 22, 2012

Jay Cutler was back home, nursing his concussion and watching as the Chicago Bears got pounded by the San Francisco 49ers, 32-7, on Monday night. Whether he'll play this weekend remains to be seen.

He told ESPN Radio he was feeling "as normal as can be" and would play again this season. He said he "can't say that for sure" when asked if he'll be ready to play against Minnesota.

Having their starting quarterback certainly would help the Bears, who are suddenly reeling after back-to-back losses to two of the league's top teams in Houston and San Francisco.

Plax is back

The Pittsburgh Steelers brought back wide receiver Plaxico Burress to provide depth at a position decimated by injuries while hoping the 35-year-old has enough gas left in the tank to give the offense an added dimension near the goal line.

Burress impressed Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert during a brief workout Tuesday even though he hasn't played since the end of the 2011 season as a member of the New York Jets.

The Steelers (6-4) are in need of healthy bodies at wide receiver after Jerricho Cotchery fractured his ribs late in Sunday night's 13-10 loss to Baltimore. Antonio Brown has missed the last two games with an ankle injury and Tomlin listed Brown as questionable for Sunday's game against Cleveland (2-8).

Also for the Steelers, with Ben Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich both out - the latter fractured ribs against in Sunday's loss to the Ravens - Charlie Batch will likely start at quarterback.

No ban for Reed

Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed has avoided a one-game suspension for late hits after an appeal. He instead will be fined $50,000.

This article contains information from Inquirer wire services.

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