Lovie Smith denies report of Jay Cutler knee problem

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Bears coach Lovie Smith said Friday there was nothing wrong with quarterback Jay Cutler’s knee, despite reports yesterday that he had a mild sprain of his MCL.

The Bears have listed Cutler as probable (neck and knee) and expect him to play Sunday against the Packers.

“What knee? Believe me, I know there is a guy that reported that there is a problem with the knee, but there is no problem with the knee,” Smith said, via ESPNChicago.com. “Jay is good to go. We are hoping he’ll play the best game he’s ever been able to play.”

Cutler left last week’s game with a neck problem, but he has insisted throughout the week he’s fine.

The Bears will be without cornerback Tim Jennings (shoulder), middle linebacker Brian Urlacher (hamstring) and wide receiver Earl Bennett (concussion).

“We’re a little banged up, but believe me we have enough guys to play this week,” Smith said.

Defensive tackle Henry Melton (chest) and defensive end Shea McClellin (knee) are listed as doubtful, with neither practicing Friday.