Bears coach Marc Trestman is "not optimistic" WLB Lance Briggs will play in Week 15 against the Browns.
Briggs still hasn't gained medical clearance to resume practicing and remains week to week. The Bears have allowed running backs to go over 100 yards in six straight games without Briggs in the lineup and desperately need him to get healthy. Given a a 4-6 week timetable in Week 7, it's possible Briggs is dealing with a setback.
Jay Cutler (ankle) has been cleared to practice at full speed and will participate in Wednesday's practice.
Coach Marc Trestman said he'll make a decision on who his Week 15 starter will be after Wednesday's walkthrough and publicize it Thursday. Cutler will go through that walkthrough and then throw to receivers and move around the pocket following it. Trestman says Cutler will go through a "thorough" workout. Following last Monday night's win, Trestman reiterated Cutler will be the starter once healthy. We'll get an answer within the next 24 hours. Unless Cutler experiences a steback this week, it sounds like he'll be under center against the Browns. Josh McCown will head back to the bench after going 3-2 in five starts.
Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) participated in individual drills Wednesday.
They were the same individual drills Rodgers went through last week. He worked with the backup centers but reportedly did "a little bit more" this week and "added some more movement to his work." Rodgers is going to try and push himself this week in an attempt to play Sunday at Dallas. We'd consider him less than 50-50 to suit up. Matt Flynn worked with the starters Wednesday.
Anthony Fasano (concussion/knee) was limited in Wednesday's practice.
Fasano missed last week due to a concussion and knee injury and is still in the league's concussion protocol. His return to practice puts him on track to play in Week 15.
The National Football Post's Jason Cole reports the Bears are likely to let free-agent-to-be Jay Cutler walk in the offseason unless he's willing to sign a team-friendly deal.
Cole is just the latest member of the media to report this, so it doesn't come as a shock. "(The Bears) believe in (coach Marc) Trestman after what they’ve seen from (backup quarterback Josh) McCown," a source told Cole. "Between his system and the two big receivers (Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery), you have a system where a quarterback can flourish. I don’t know if McCown is going to be the starter (next season), but I think the team would be fine letting Cutler test the market and then go draft someone if he left." The Bears could re-sign McCown to a cheap, short-term deal and let a draft pick sit and learn.
Eddie Lacy (ankle) did not practice Wednesday.
Lacy played through his ankle injury last Sunday, but it may have done more harm than good. Coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that it was "too early to tell" whether Lacy would be able to play in Week 15. If Lacy can't go against the Cowboys, James Starks will get the start in his place and have RB2 value.
Maurice Jones-Drew (hamstring) said he hopes to play in Sunday's game against the Bills, but didn't sound overly confident.
Jones-Drew won't try to practice until Friday. As of now, it sounds like he's still feeling plenty of soreness in his hammy and is doubting his ability to be near 100 percent for Sunday. Owners should have already been exploring other options, including speedy backup Jordan Todman.
Reggie Bush (calf) said he expects to play in Monday night's game against the Ravens.
Bush aggravated his calf pull while warming up in the snow at Philadelphia on Sunday. Now he gets a long week and a home date on the friendly turf of Ford Field. Players are often overly optimistic on their health, but Bush couldn't ask for a much better setup. He can be penciled into fantasy lineups for now as we wait to see how he progresses in practice later this week.