The Bears have a chance to move to 6-6 and keep their toe in the Wild Card race in the NFC with a victory over the 49ers, so the appearance of quarterback Jay Cutler on the injury report on Friday is the sort of thing that catches the eye.
Cutler was limited in practice on Friday because of an illness, but concern about the possibility that he’d miss Sunday’s game appears low. Cutler is listed as probable on the injury report, so, while illnesses can of course, get worse, he should play.
Cutler won’t have Marquess Wilson catching his passes and Eddie Royal’s status is still up in the air. Wilson, who is third on the team in catches and second in receiving yards, has been ruled out after hurting his foot in practice on Wednesday. Royal is questionable after missing the last four games with a knee injury, but his lack of practice time isn’t a great sign for his availability. Tight end Martellus Bennett is expected to play after missing Thanksgiving.
Safety Antrel Rolle also didn’t practice because of a knee injury and hasn’t played since Week 10, but drew the same questionable tag as Royal.