American Football - Cutler back in Bears' starting role

Jay Cutler is back as the starting quarterback of the Chicago Bears.

Cutler was a full practice participant on Thursday, the final hurdle before he was cleared by the medical staff and coach Marc Trestman. Cutler suffered a high ankle sprain on November 10 against the Detroit Lions during a game in which he was coming back from a muscle tear.

Trestman said Cutler was able to take every first-team rep with the offense during the practice session in preparation for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns.

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers did more in Thursday's practice than the day before, but coach Mike McCarthy said there was no change in his status on the injury report entering Sunday's game at Dallas.

Rodgers, out since November 4 with a fractured collarbone, is evaluated Wednesday and Friday and will meet with team doctors on Friday morning along with running back Eddie Lacy, whose status is up in the air after missing practice all week.

Rodgers has not yet been cleared medically. Lacy could practice Friday.

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Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan has met the decision to bench quarterback Robert Griffin III with strong disagreement.

"I made it clear I was disappointed," Shanahan said.

Shanahan said he wants the best players on the field, including his starting quarterback.

"I don't want to change anything. I don't like losing," he said.

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Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush said he will return to practice on Friday and be ready to play Monday night against the Baltimore Ravens.

Bush injured his calf just before last week's game against the Philadelphia Eagles and went back to the locker room to try to warm up, but wound up not playing. Bush did not return to practice with the rest of his teammates Thursday.

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New England Patriots starting left tackle Nate Solder was on the practice field on Thursday after sitting out Wednesday's session with a concussion.

Solder suffered a concussion in last weekend's victory over the Cleveland Browns and missed Wednesday's practice while going through the league's concussion protocol - - The Cincinnati Bengals promoted cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris from their practice squad with cornerback Terence Newman expected to miss 1-3 weeks with an MCL sprain in his left knee.

Dre Kirkpatrick is likely to get his first NFL start against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Kirkpatrick has played well the past three games and has a sack and interception in that span.