Jay Cutler returns to practice

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler practiced on a limited basis Thursday for the first time since he suffered a concussion late in the first half of the team's game against the Houston Texans on Nov. 11.

Cutler stayed behind in Chicago when the Bears traveled to San Francisco last weekend, but the starting quarterback appears on track to return to action when the team hosts the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at Soldier Field.

"I know you all want to know about Jay Cutler. He was able to do some things on a limited basis," Bears coach Lovie Smith said. "So it's looking better for (him) to get him back on the football field."

Rookie defensive end Shea McClellin, who also missed the last game because of a concussion, was a full participant in practice, while tight end Kellen Davis sat out because of an ankle injury.

Quarterback Jason Campbell (ribs), wide receiver Brandon Marshall (shoulder), defensive tackle Stephen Paea (shoulder) and defensive tackle Matt Toeina were all limited on the official injury report.

First-year wideout Alshon Jeffery already has been ruled out of this weekend's game after he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Wednesday. Jeffery is expected to be out 2-4 weeks.