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Cutler moves step closer to playing

Updated: December 24, 2012 7:22AM

Leave it to Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice to utter what many feel.

Asked if he anticipates starting quarterback Jay Cutler playing Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, Tice said, “God, I hope so.”

Cutler took a significant step toward returning to action Wednesday, as Cutler was cleared to return to the field on a limited basis.

“Before he can play, he has to be cleared by an independent neurologist,” coach Lovie Smith said, “and we’re not to that point.”

The Bears (7-3) host Minnesota (6-4) at noon on Sunday.

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