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Bears' Smith optimistic Cutler will play vs. Seahawks

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Bears head coach Lovie Smith is optimistic QB Jay Cutler will return to play in Week Six vs. the Seahawks, but it looked like Cutler would play vs. the Panthers around this time last week.

Cutler, who suffered a concussion in Week Five, is being evaluated every day and won't be able to play against Seattle unless he's cleared by an independent neurologist. He missed a game for the first time in his career vs. the Panthers on Sunday.

"I think (Cutler) is feeling good," TE Greg Olsen said Monday, per the Chicago Tribune. "I think he felt good toward the end of the week and he was able to get some practice in and get some workouts and run around and get going so I think he is feeling pretty good."

Smith also said OLT Chris Williams may be ready to suit up in Week Six. Williams has been inactive in the past three games while recovering from a right hamstring injury. WLB Lance Briggs left Sunday's game with a sprained ankle, but Smith expressed optimism about his chances of playing against the Seahawks, telling reporters he could practice on Wednesday.

The way we see it

Smith didn't offer much information other than he was optimistic that all three players would play. Wednesday's injury report will give us a better idea of how Cutler, Williams and Briggs are progressing.

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