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QB Jay Cutler receives medical clearance to play for Bears

Finally, some good news for the scuffling Chicago Bears: Quarterback Jay Cutler will return from a thumb injury to play against the Minnesota Vikings on Oct. 31.

Whether it's too late for Cutler to salvage something for the Bears (1-6) — or perhaps his own career in Chicago — remain valid questions.

"I think he's been at the bit for a while," coach John Fox said Monday. "I think anytime you can't play as a competitor, as a player, obviously that's hard and I think he handled it great."

Fox said team doctors cleared Cutler to play over the weekend. His return comes at an opportune time since backup Brian Hoyer suffered a broken left...