There’s nothing at all surprising about either of these reports. All week we expected Jay Cutler would ultimately be cleared to play and Percy Harvin would end up being ruled out. And now both those results have been confirmed.
Cutler, who suffered a concussion a couple weeks back against Houston, had one neurological test to pass before being cleared to play. He did indeed pass that hurdle and is now expected to start. The news is not so good for Percy Harvin. He missed practice all week and was listed as doubtful on Friday’s injury report. The Vikings have now decided not to mess with it and will be leaving Percy home when they travel to Chicago.
Like I said, neither of these results is the least bit surprising. The Vikings prepared all week as though Cutler would play. So they’ll be ready for what Cutler brings. The concern for the Bears is not the quarterback anyway, it’s the offensive line. The Bears will play Sunday with new starters at both right tackle and left guard. Meanwhile, the Vikings will be forced to find a passing game without Percy Harvin. They did it successfully a couple weeks back against Detroit but can they repeat the result against a much better defense?
Intrigue. Everywhere, intrigue.
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