Jay Cutler's Week 5 status unclear

Updated: October 4, 2010, 12:50 PM ET
By Michael C. Wright | ESPNChicago.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The only certainty about the concussion that knocked Bears QB Jay Cutler out of commission in Sunday's 17-3 loss to the Giants seems to be the ambiguity cast on his timetable for a return.

Bears coach Lovie Smith gave the standard response of positivity when asked if Cutler could rejoin the club in time for next Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers. Yet the league's policies on how teams handle head injuries could put a damper on that optimism.

"If ...

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