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Bears' Jay Cutler: Keep letting me move around in the pocket

Jay Cutler was clear Thursday: he doesn’t want to be a sitting duck.

The Bears were successful rolling the pocket Sunday, giving Vikings pass rushers a different target by allowing the quarterback to move his feet.

“It was great,” Cutler said at Halas Hall. “We got to keep doing it. We got to keep doing it in different ways, showing different looks, get off the spot as much as we possibly can because it helps with everything.

“It helps the pass rush, get some easy balls out to the flat, out on the outside, lets the guys run. It’s got to be something in our offense that we do more of.”

Coach Marc Trestman said all quarterbacks like to “change the passing spot,” and that the Bears “did create some advantage” by moving Cutler to the outside.

When the Bears scouted their own team during the bye, they decided to roll Cutler more.

“We got a little bit of it done last week,” Trestman said. “And we’ll continue to move forward that way.”


Wideouts back

The Bears’ two star wide receivers retuned to the field Thursday: Brandon Marshall (ankle) and Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) were limited one day after missing practice.

Offensive tackles Jordan Mills (ribs) and Eben Britton (appendicitis) were limited. Trestman called Mills, who was injured against the Packers, “day-to-day.”

This and that

• Cornerback Demontre Hurst was added to the injury report — he did not practice — after suffering a knee injury. He practiced in full Wednesday.

“We’re optimistic it was nothing serious,” Trestman said. “He got twisted up a little bit. We’ll see where he is (Friday).”

• Trestman said he’ll have a better idea Friday whether new signee — and former Pro Bowler — Marc Mariani will return kicks and punts Sunday. For the second-straight day, Chris Williams did not practice because of a hamstring injury.

• Defensive end Jared Allen missed practice with a veteran’s day off. End Trevor Scott (knee) and linebacker Darryl Sharpton (hamstring) did not practice, either.

• Linebacker Lavonte David, the Buccaneers’ leading tackler, sat out Thursday with a hamstring injury.


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